Fancy Boys Football Mailbag Week 7

Fancy Boys founder Matt Drufke doesn’t know anything about football. Lucky for him, Brandon Andreasen and Jack Baker do.

Each week, Matt emails Brandon and Jack NFL questions, they then immediately go and make fun of his lack of knowledge in a secret group chat. They then go and answer the questions. Here are those answers.

Let’s talk about the Bears running game, as in: where the fuck is it? The Bears ran 7 times in their loss, only one more than the record of fewest runs in a game. Why won’t (or can’t) the Bears run the ball?

Jack – The Bears offense is bad. Defensive coordinators around the NFL have figured Matt Nagy out and he has no answers. They only ran the ball five times in the first half, and a handoff to David Montgomery on the first play of the second half was the most obvious play call in the world. The Bears have one play that kind of works: short/intermediate passes to Allen Robinson. Nagy is a bad play caller, remember that playoff game where the Chiefs lost a huge lead in the second half to the Colts because they didn’t run the ball? Nagy’s been able to build a good culture for the Bears and that’s it. It’s time for Mark Helfrich or Brad Childress to call plays.

Brandon – Jack is right. It is time for Brad Childress to take over play calling. He is a steady, veteran coach, who can balance out the team. In the first half, on something like 4 of their running plays, they tried to use pre-snap misdirection to set up the run, but the Saints were not fooled. The team can’t establish the run if they don’t try. As stupid and cliche as it sounds, they need to win the battle in the trenches and wear down the opposing defense.

If the Bears can’t run, they have to pass, so let’s talk about Mitch Trubisky.  To put it simply: Is Trubisky a good quarterback on a bad team, a bad quarterback on a good team, a good quarterback on a good team, or a bad quarterback on a bad team?

Jack – He’s a bad quarterback on a bad team. Despite a kick return TD, the Bears special teams is hot garbage. How do you have 2 punts blocked in one game? Normally one punt block is enough to tighten up the protection, but not for the Bears. They’re supposed to have a great defense, but after getting ran over the last 2 games, I don’t think that’s true anymore.

Brandon – He is a trash quarterback on an overrated team. The offensive play calling was embarrassing yesterday, and he still couldn’t move the ball. They were doing nothing but 4-7 yard curl and stop patterns. That was it. The Saints were ready and just sat on those routes.

Trubisky is not a good quarterback and it is a shame the Bears don’t see that because someone like Andy Dalton, who has a low ceiling, but can run this offense much better than Mitch, is available for a mid round pick.

Seven weeks ago, you would have only heard “Let’s talk about Teddy Bridgewater and Jacoby Brissett” at a combined Bridgewater-Brissett family reunion. But here we are in week seven. Bridegwater is 5-0 playing for an injured Drew Brees and Brissett has stepped in for the retired Andrew Luck and has the Colts in first place. How is this happening? And which QB would you rather have?

Brandon – Both quarterbacks are great stories, but I’d take Brissett in a heartbeat. Bridgewater is a game manager with a good support system. Jacoby Brissett can actually put the team on his back for stretches and carry them.

Bridgewater is earning himself a paycheck down the road though, whether it be from New Orleans or elsewhere.

Jack – It’s not difficult to explain why this is happening, the Colts and the Saints are both good football teams, with very good offensive lines, and great offensive-minded head coaches. Frank Reich and Sean Payton are putting their QBs in positions to succeed and Brissett and Bridgewater are taking advantage (not overthrowing wide open receivers). I’ll take Bridgewater mainly because the Patriots had Brissett and let him get away, and I wouldn’t dare go against the wisdom of Bill Belichick.

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