Matt Nagy To Continue As Bears' Play-Caller

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears coach Matt Nagy will continue as the team's offensive play-caller, he said Wednesday, declining to relinquish those duties to an assistant.

Nagy has called plays on offense since the Bears hired him in 2018. Under his watch, the Bears are averaging 4.4 yards per offensive play this season, which ranks 30th in the NFL, ahead of only the Dolphins and Jets. The Bears are averaging 18.7 points, which ranks 26th.

The Bears have struggled on offense in part because of the problems that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has endured. Trubisky is averaging 5.2 yards per pass attempt, which ranks 31st among 32 eligible quarterbacks. Chicago's running game has also been a major problem, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry this season. That ranks 28th in the NFL.

Following the Bears' discouraging 36-25 loss to the Saints at Soldier Field on Sunday, Nagy declined to say whether he would continue as the team's offensive play-caller, adding he wouldn't reveal if he did hand over those duties.

The most obvious candidate to replace Nagy as the Bears' offensive play-caller would be offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, who joined Chicago in 2018 after going 37-16 as Oregon's head coach. Helfrich was heralded for his offensive innovation with the Ducks.

As the Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2017, Nagy assumed play-calling duties from coach Andy Reid in early December. Kansas City went 4-1 and averaged 28.6 points in the five regular-season games that Nagy called plays, then fell 22-21 to the Titans in the wild-card round.

In 2018, they averaged 26.3 points en route to a 12-4 season and NFC North crown.

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