Home Sports Chicago Bears Q&A: Why is Matt Nagy handling Justin Fields and the starting QB role the way he is? Was Nagy forced to hand over play-calling duties? What is Tarik Cohen’s status?

Chicago Bears Q&A: Why is Matt Nagy handling Justin Fields and the starting QB role the way he is? Was Nagy forced to hand over play-calling duties? What is Tarik Cohen’s status?

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Ogletree is coming off his best game of the season. He made a game-high 12 tackles (10 solos) with one tackle for a loss and a key breakup of a fourth-and-goal pass from the 5-yard line by Lions quarterback Jared Goff to running back D’Andre Swift. Matt Nagy really praised Ogletree on Monday, and it’s evident he will remain in the starting lineup for the near future even with veteran Danny Trevathan in a 21-day practice window as he returns from injured reserve. Ogletree is second on the defense with 24 tackles, trailing only Roquan Smith (40). That’s not a super telling statistic because inside linebackers should lead the team in tackles, especially in a base 3-4 scheme, but he’s playing well. I’m not sure Ogletree, 30, will cash in big on the open market after the season. Inside linebacker is one of the easier positions to fill, and he will be a year older. Remember, he was a disappointment for the New York Giants after they acquired him in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams, and he couldn’t stick with the New York Jets last season. He’s playing much better now, but at his age and considering positional value, I don’t know that he will cash in big time. Can he do better than the one-year deal for the minimum that he’s currently on? No doubt. But he probably has to play really well to get a multiyear deal.

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