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Chalk Talk: What was Nagy-Foles conversation about?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

What exactly were Nick Foles and Matt Nagy discussing on the sideline in the second half of Thursday night's game against the Buccaneers? I've never seen Foles that animated.
Jackson G.
Phoenix, Arizona

The conversation you're referring to occurred early in the fourth quarter after the Bears had settled for Cairo Santos' 47-yard field goal to take a 17-16 lead. Nick Foles wanted to stick with the high-tempo attack the offense had utilized on the drive but had switched away from after reaching the red zone. The Bears had first down at the Buccaneers' 15 when Foles dropped back to pass and had Cordarrelle Patterson open in the end zone. But the quarterback was sacked and fumbled. Right tackle Bobby Massie recovered for a 17-yard loss on the play. 

Here's what coach Matt Nagy said Friday about Foles expressing the desire to continue operating a high-tempo offense during their sideline conversation: "I agree with him; like once you get going and you're in a little bit of a tempo, we kind of had them on their heels and his point was, 'Hey, once we got 'em on their heels like that, let's keep them there and let's do some things.' Now, the issue you run into is that when you're in the red zone like that, you have game-plan plays that you scheme all week in the red zone to get into those situations. That's kind of those ones where I think Nick and I learn OK, if that's something that he's feeling, let's figure out a way to communicate, 'OK, to get in a situation, let's talk through that so the next time that happens, we're on the same page.' That's all it was. It wasn't him criticizing me or me criticizing him … I like the fact that he's communicating that way, and now it's just, for us, we've just got to keep growing as to, 'OK, next time we get in that situation, how do we communicate through that to put our team in the best situation possible?'"

Are there any updates on what injury knocked James Daniels out of Thursday night's game and his status moving forward?
Chuck G.

Coach Matt Nagy said Friday that left guard James Daniels exited Thursday night's game with a pectoral injury but did not have an update on his condition. Daniels was replaced by first-year pro Alex Bars, who originally signed with the Bears last year as an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame. Bars made his NFL debut when he entered Thursday night's game in place of the injured Daniels. Asked how Bars fared, Nagy said: "It's a tough situation to roll into if you're Alex, coming in against that stout D-line. I think that effort-wise, it's good. There's some technique things here or there. But for the most part, I was happy with how he [played]. He had one or two in there. There was one in there that they got; that's a part of this game. But I have a lot of confidence in him. Just depending on what it is with James, it'll have to be the next-man-up mentality."

Was I the only one who noticed the play before Tom Brady's sneak on fourth-and-one, a Bucs player had a foot out of bounds clearly before reaching like three yards where they spotted it? Why didn't the Bears challenge that?
Mark K.
Jonesboro, Arkansas

It's my understanding that the Bears could only challenge that play if the Buccaneers were awarded the first down. As long as the Tampa ballcarrier was short of the line to gain, it's not something that could be challenged via replay review.

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