Matt Nagy thought he had Sean McVay on the ropes. In the end, all he got was a massive burst of anger at the officials on “Sunday Night Football.”
Nagy pulled the old switcharoo, yanking his punt unit off the field to try and sneak a fourth-down offensive play on the Los Angeles Rams defense. In the process, however, one of the side judges got knocked to the turf, necessitating a timeout.
The delay caused Nagy to flip his lid on national television.
OMG the ref got hit and it prevented the Bears from running the fake
Nagy is FURIOUS
he's 20 yards on the field
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) December 10, 2018
Can't say I've ever seen an NFL head coach that upset after a referee was knocked down.
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) December 10, 2018
It’s understandable that he was so upset. He really thought he had the Rams fooled and wanted to gain some momentum for his club in a tight 6-6 battle, late in the second quarter.
Though, it must be noted that the Rams had every right to get a switch of their own put together before the snap, per NFL rules.
Had there not been a timeout because the Bears substitutes trucked Carl Johnson, they would have been very close to getting a delay of game. Have to give the defense a chance to match up on quick substitutions
— Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs ✊🏾⚖️ (@footballzebras) December 10, 2018
In the end, the Bears would punt after the timeout, much to Nagy’s chagrin.