Rex Ryan, the former Jets and Bills coach turned talking head, said Monday on ESPN’s “Get Up!” that he had a personal problem with Bears coach Matt Nagy.
The reason: He apparently thinks Nagy blamed everything on quarterback Mitch Trubisky. That’s kind of bizarre, given that Nagy, until this season, was unfailingly defensive of his quarterback in almost every public statement.
“I’ve never been a big fan of this Nagy guy,” he said. “Quite honestly, it’s because of the way he handled the Trubisky thing. 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. Quite honestly, you’re an offensive guru. . . .
“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.”
Ryan, the son of legendary Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, mocked Nagy for making the playoffs twice in three years.
“Congratulations,” he said. “That’s because the NFC is a hell of a lot weaker than the AFC.”
Ryan should know. In the last six years of his head-coaching career, he never finished better than 8-8. Or made the playoffs.
Ryan said that Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald “fits better” as the Bears’ coach but didn’t say why.
“That plays in Chicago,” he said.