Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy looks too much like Matt Nagy

Oh no. Please no. In the name of all that is good and just and true in this world, tell me Luke Getsy didn’t say it.

Tell me the Bears’ new offensive coordinator didn’t just say what someone should have told him to never, ever say. Tell me Getsy didn’t say of quarterback Justin Fields what former Bears head coach Matt Nagy said of former Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky every day for four years.

That he cares a lot and works hard.

He didn’t say that, did he?

Yes he did.

“There’s no one in this building who works harder than him,” Getsy said of Fields the other day. “There is no one who cares more than him.”

My eyes are empty. My chin rests on my chest. Not that yet.

If Getsy had done his homework, or if someone in the organization had done his homework for him, he would have known that when in Chicago we hear a coach talk about the incredible work habits and the tremendous capacity for care of a quarterback, we reflexively think of one of two things: Either the quarterback can’t hit a receiver with a pass from 10 yards away, or the quarterback regularly looks up from the book game and said, “No one told me that I had to learn Sanskrit. »

This analysis may not be fair to Getsy or Fields, but we’re dealing with so much scar tissue here that the mere mention of a “caring” player is enough to send us swaying. Thanks to Nagy, Trubisky has become the Care Bear. It didn’t take long for us to realize that Nagy’s gushing about the quarterback’s non-physical attributes was meant to stave off questions about Trubisky’s poor performance on the field.

I imagine Getsy’s quotes have caused some concern among clear-headed Bears fans — those of you who haven’t jumped on the Fields bandwagon yet. You saw him play in his rookie year in 2021 and saw his stats (seven touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 73.2 passer ratings), weighed it all against Nagy’s dismal offensive plan, and didn’t aren’t yet willing to participate in the ongoing lovefest fields around town. Getsy’s recent comments probably haven’t helped your post-Mitch, post-traumatic state of mind.

He also told reporters that, four months into his job, his relationship with Fields was “tremendous.” I know relationships are important in the NFL, especially between the OC and the QB, but why does everything have to go so fast? What happened to a first date, flowers and a goodnight kiss at the door?

Getsy’s musings on his quick bond with Fields were reminiscent of former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s lightning-quick connection with Jay Cutler. I asked Martz during training camp in 2010, his first with the Bears, if he was working very hard to make their relationship work, given that both men were known to be stubborn.

“I don’t mean to disrespect you, (but) if you knew how silly it was and how easy things are between him and me, I really appreciate his company outside of the football game,” did he declare. “He has a great sense of humor, by the way. He’s kind of screwed up in his sense of humor like me, so we get along pretty well, I think. ”

He thought wrong. During a Bears-Vikings game in 2011, television microphones picked up Cutler yelling at Martz.

“Tell (him) I said ‘f*** him! “Said Cutler.

I’ve raised this question before, but it’s worth revisiting, mostly because it never seems to go away: Why do coaches reserve their highest praise for the franchise’s most important player? Why is it never the backup left guard who cares the most about the team, the offense, the camaraderie in the locker room and the low water level of the Colorado River? Why doesn’t security’s strong work ethic sound like a single mom juggling three jobs? Perhaps because the left reinforcement guard and the strong security do not butter the bread of the coach. The quarterback does.

I don’t know if Getsy believes what he says about Fields, but I believe he wants Fields to believe him. Somewhere in the Big Book of Coaching is a chapter on the importance of connecting with the quarterback and connecting in record time.

Nagy worked extremely hard to cheer Trubisky on, and the kid seemed to eat him. Ultimately, though, it’s not all about the peripheral stuff. I don’t care if Fields cares that much. I care if he can play. Can he? I do not know yet.

I would ask him that question, but he’s probably too busy working harder than everyone else on the planet.

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