Darnell Mooney has already accomplished a lot in his NFL career. He set the Chicago Bears single-season rookie record for receptions. Then he cracked 1,000 yards last season for the first time. One would think he’d have at least one or two fond memories of Matt Nagy’s offense. That is a false assumption. While Mooney loves his former head coach as a person, he admitted on Red Line Radio that he was ready for things to be over by the end of 2021.
He didn’t know what to expect when Matt Eberflus arrived. There was no way to tell if the Bears had hired a head coach known for his disciplinary approach, a typical move by teams that experience long stretches of being too mistake-prone. The young receiver was surprised to find out how chill Eberflus was. The man has a high standard and ensures everybody knows it, but he isn’t the type to yell or scream. He’s also more organized than Nagy was. Far more.
That is what stands out the most. Eberflus ensures everybody is on the same page and knows what they’re supposed to be doing. He sits in on meetings for every position group but isn’t invasive. He lets his assistants do their jobs. His responsibility is to keep things flowing in the right direction. Mooney loves what he’s seen thus far. When asked about the new offense under coordinator Luke Getsy and whether he thinks it’s better than Nagy’s. He had a simple two-word answer.
Darnell Mooney joins a growing chorus on Nagy’s offense.
He isn’t the first to hint so strongly that the system last year was a big problem. Justin Fields mentioned it multiple times as something that was difficult to work around. Then tackle Teven Jenkins said it was often difficult to understand what they were trying to do. There don’t seem to be any such misgivings about the new scheme. The positive vibes about it are notable. Jenkins called it fast-tempo and player-friendly.
Seeing Darnell Mooney make such a strong statement about its superiority is encouraging. Of course, one must see it play out on the field. Then again, one advantage Getsy has is an identity. Everybody knows the goal of his wide-zone offense. That is to run the ball effectively and gash defenses through play action. There will be unique twists on the scheme to fit the strengths of Justin Fields, but that is the foundation of what they’ll do.
Mooney will love it since that approach will enable him to burn defenses deep more than ever before.