Matt Nagy: Roquan Smith 'Can Definitely Play Better'

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears linebacker Roquan Smith broke onto the scene quickly as a rookie in 2018, registering a sack on his first NFL snap and continuing to be a difference-maker all season.

But Smith hasn't been the same player in his second season. He has just 39 tackles and one tackle for a loss in five game and hasn't been as active around the football. It's something that has caught the attention of Bears coach Matt Nagy.

"He can definitely play better," Nagy said Wednesday. "And he knows that. That’s where we’re at right now. And he’s going to. I think he will."

Smith didn't play in the Bears' win over the Vikings on Sept. 29 due to personal reasons. He was present on the sideline during the game and didn't miss any team activities while handling that issue. Both Smith and the Bears have declined to reveal specifics about his personal matter.

Nagy declined to speculate on whether Smith's play has been negatively impacted by the personal reasons. Smith has spoken to the media just once since that game absence, and he remained mum on his personal status.

Smith played in just 53 of the Bears' 76 defensive snaps during their loss to the Saints at Soldier Field on Sunday. Fellow inside linebacker Danny Trevathan was on the field for every snap on defense.

"He’s doing everything he can," Nagy said. "None of it is because of lack of effort or want or any of that. And none of it is because of the lack of couldn’t. We all look at each other. We all want to help each other out. And we feel like we all can coach and play better."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.