Following practice on Tuesday, though, Nagy took a moment to assure us that’s not really the case and that what we’ve seen so far is part his offense, and part just the realities of getting it installed.
“Yeah, so and part of that too is again, when you get into this RPO (run-pass-option) stuff, a lot of the time the ball is thrown and a run is called. So that’s going to naturally happen," Nagy said.
“But no, right now, we’re just putting it in the pot, we’re going to stir it around and depending on the period that we have, and also our guys’ legs, if you keep throwing the ball down field, you’ve got to pull back on the receiver and tight ends’ legs a little, so we might sprinkle in some more runs.”
In fact if you look at the Kansas City Chiefs offense last year with Nagy calling the plays, not only were they just 14th in NFL passing percentage throwing the ball 58.9 percent of the time, they also had the NFL’s leading rusher, Kareem Hunt: 272-1,327, 4.9 ypc, 8 TDs.
Over the past three seasons, all of which Nagy was instrumental in the Kansas City offense, the Chiefs threw the ball an average of 59.9 percent of the time.
Over those same three seasons the Bears threw the ball 65.14 percent of the time, although it was lowered all the way to 54.8 percent last season in large part because Mitch Trubisky started 12 games as a rookie.