Matt Nagy must not have Mitch Trubisky’s jersey tattooed on his arm.
Former Jets coach Rex Ryan eviscerated Nagy on ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Monday morning after the Bears’ 21-9 loss to the Saints in an NFC wild-card game.
“I don’t like him. I don’t like the way he doesn’t take every damn bullet for [Trubisky]. That’s your job as a head coach. You don’t make your quarterback take every bullet. You take the dang bullets. That’s what I don’t respect about this guy,” said Ryan, who famously has a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey on his arm.
Trubisky and Nagy have had a turbulent time in Chicago, despite making the playoffs in two of their three years together.
“I’ve never been a big fan of this Nagy guy, and quite honestly, It’s because of the way he handled the Trubisky thing,” Ryan said. “He put everything on him. He’s the guy they blame everything on. Well why don’t you look at yourself first, man? Dude, you scored three points in this game – I know it was nine, but no, it was three points. You’re an offensive guru. That’s why you came here.
“You’ve gone to the playoffs two of the last three years. Congratulations. That’s because the NFC is a hell of a lot weaker than the AFC,” Ryan added.
Nagy benched Trubisky after Nick Foles led the team to a comeback victory against the Falcons in Week 3. He then turned back to the former No. 2 pick after Foles lost five straight games after a 5-1 start.
Trubisky had a strong finish to the season and got the Bears to playoffs with a three-game winning streak. But Sunday’s mediocre performance may be his last with the franchise. NFL Network reported before the game that Trubisky needed a strong playoff run for the team to bring him back.
The Bears opted not to pick up his fifth-year option earlier in the season and he is entering free agency this offseason.
“I think I can definitely see myself back here next year,” Trubisky said. “Obviously, a lot of that is out of my control, but it feels like home and it feels like we have unfinished business. Right now, I’m just bummed about this season being over and how the game went. So, a lot of emotions going on right now, but I can see that. We’ll see. There are a lot of things that have to happen and a lot of decisions that have to be made and that’s out of my control, but I can see that.”