Quick hits: What to expect from Bears offense under Matt Nagy

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Chicago Bears traveled across the country to play the hapless Detroit Lions in Detroit’s new football stadium. As usual, the Lions dominated the season opener. The Bears played an…

Quick hits: What to expect from Bears offense under Matt Nagy

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Chicago Bears traveled across the country to play the hapless Detroit Lions in Detroit’s new football stadium.

As usual, the Lions dominated the season opener. The Bears played an uphill struggle. They started the game with no points and had to rely on a set of turnovers to outlast the Lions 13-9.

This really wasn’t the victory the Bears were looking for. But it’s no time to panic. On a night where the quarterback finished with 55 yards passing, and an offensive lineman struggled to get off blocks, the Bears snuck by.

The game in Detroit showed two things. No. 1: Detroit makes the Bears look boring in comparison. But No. 2: It shows the Bears will be stronger later in the season, when injuries start to get sorted out and their offensive coordinator really starts to shake things up.

The Bears offense looked pretty much how it has all preseason. But that was mostly due to a rushed performance from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. This week in the Lions game, Detroit got a good glimpse at what the defense can be like, and how it should be around for the season.

When a team goes into the preseason and barely gets one sack, that’s an indication of how tough it is to run an effective defense. It may not have the proven star players of another team, but the Bears defense is still a powerful force. Trubisky looked timid in the pocket and a step behind a lot of his reads. This wasn’t new, the Bears gave up a few sacks in last week’s game too.

So there’s no reason to panic, Bears fans. It’s not like your team gets pushed around all the time in this league. The Lions game has shown you that.

But it has also shown you that Trubisky and the Bears don’t have a top-tier group of receivers yet. Sure, Kendall Wright had six catches for 47 yards and the Bears weren’t able to reach the end zone. But the Bears didn’t look like a receiving group, they looked like a collection of backsbills and tight ends.

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky doesn’t look comfortable in the pocket.

Another thing I liked about the win was that it is the beginning of a new change in offense under head coach Matt Nagy. After a week that was totally new for all of us, one week that will feel very familiar to some.

The first-year coach had an offensive scheme that he said he wanted to change. He did some tweaking before the game, but it was clear that he wanted to make a bold change from what his predecessor, Marc Trestman, used during his time in Chicago.

When we saw the first plays of the game, we saw this. The Bears offense wouldn’t look much different than the ones we had seen from Chicago in previous years, until you watch the rest of the game. Then you’ll see the Jets and the Packers next week are going to have a hell of a time.

It’s another cool difference from what we saw last week. These quarterback battles aren’t going to stay the same. The Bears expect Trubisky to be more than just a rookie quarterback. That’s why they took backup Chase Daniel. The Bears expect a creative offense in Trubisky’s freshman year.

We’re going to see more wackiness from Nagy in this offense. He’s going to continue to change things up, and that is what you like in an offense. Keep the pass rush guessing. Look for some formations you haven’t seen before.

The key here for the Bears will be getting their offense moving the way they want it to. Trubisky looked better as the game went on, and he’s still a rookie. But without good receivers, the Bears are going to have a hard time scoring points.

As far as changes, we know that the defense will stay pretty strong. But this offense is going to get the ball moving from the quarterback position. Trubisky hasn’t proven that yet. What he’s going to need to do is get more comfortable in the pocket, because he’s going to be seeing more pressure. That’s going to be a tough test for a rookie quarterback.

All this being said, Bears fans should be excited for this upcoming week in New

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