Matt Nagy on Anthony Miller flag: ‘Don’t spin the football or get better’ at it
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Bears coach Matt Nagy thinks he knows why rookie receiver Anthony Miller was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for spinning the ball on the ground after catching a third-down pass in the fourth quarter Sunday.
An official told Nagy the ball caromed toward the feet of a Lions’ defender, which amounted to taunting.
“When you slow-motion and look at it, when he spun it, he spun it straight down — and it bounced off his knee and went to the opponent,” Nagy said Monday.
With a smile, Nagy said that, like an earlier penalty Miller received for batting the ball forward and out of bounds on an onside kick, the unsportsmanlike conduct flag was a teaching moment.
“You teach him the ‘why,’” he said. “You teach him, ‘Hey listen, this is what can happen, just don’t spin the football or get better at doing it.’”