In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy dished on several topics, but it was his openness about the interior of their offensive line that caught my ear.
When asked if Sam Mustipher is in line to open the offseason atop the depth chart at center Nagy said, “he proved to us that he is more than capable of being a starting center in the NFL.” He talked about how Mustipher calmed things down for them when he was inserted into the starting line up last season, and that his leadership was a big reason why.
Nagy said, “going into this year, absolutely,” Mustipher should be “coming in as the center.” There’s still free agency and the draft to come before the Bears set their offseason roster, but if Mustipher does indeed lock down the center spot for 2021, then it would seem the Bears have a solid threesome on their interior.
Nagy said that James Daniels, who opened the season at left guard a year ago, definitely has the flexibility to play right guard for them, and that Cody Whitehair “did a great job playing left guard,” and that “it seems like he’s a little more comfortable there.”
Nagy said that Alex Bars, who filled in on the interior a year ago at both center and guard, could be in the mix at right tackle in 2021. “The versatility and flexibility that he has is a huge advantage for him,” Nagy said.
For the full interview, plus some good stuff on Darnell Mooney, Allen Robinson, and the defense too, you can hear for yourself right here.
Matt Nagy joined us for an insightful #Bears chat today:— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) March 6, 2021
Part 1 includes:
- The discovery of Patrick Mahomes in KC and some of the lessons learned
- Big praise for Darnell Mooney
- Sean Desai's vision for the defensehttps://t.co/x7jVlHHPgC
Check out my full roster turnover series for where their roster stands right now at the link below.