Matt Nagy looking for the right ways to use Cordarrelle Patterson’s speed

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Throughout his NFL career, Cordarrelle Patterson has shown flashes of his great talent, but he’s never developed into an every-down offensive threat. Bears coach Matt Nagy hopes to be the one to figure out how to make the most out of Patterson’s talents.

So far this season Patterson has touched the ball four times, and he has flashed both the good and the bad: He broke off a 46-yard run against the Broncos on Sunday at a time when the Bears’ offense otherwise wasn’t getting anything going, but he also lost two yards on a crucial third-and-1 in the loss to the Packers. Nagy said he needs to be cognizant of what Patterson can and can’t do.

“It’s a benefit — unless it’s third-and-1 and you’re trying to get a first down with him back there,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nagy said he’s been keeping an eye on Patterson since he was in college and has always liked what he can do.

“Now what he’s morphed into as a player throughout his [NFL] career, it’s pretty unique,” Nagy said. “As a play-caller it allowed you to be flexible with what you can do. You saw [against the Broncos] we were able to get him on the edge. He’s a big dude that’s flying around there with a lot of speed.”

Through two games, the Bears’ offense looks desperate for someone who can fly around with a lot of speed. Don’t be surprised if Patterson starts getting more touches. Just not on third-and-1.

25 responses to “Matt Nagy looking for the right ways to use Cordarrelle Patterson’s speed

  1. This is Cordarrelle Pattersons 4th team.
    \At some point it’s not “how can we make the best use of they guy” and becomes “he’s not that good”.
    He kind of reminds me of Percy Harvin.
    Fast, but not especially good.

  2. Fast and strong but cant run routes. The Patriots found ways to use him but hes so limited in what he can do in a traditional offense.

  3. All that speed and athleticism at the skill positions yet the Bears offense is one of the worst in the league 2 games in. Something isn’t adding up.

  4. Percy was really good/all-pro good, but couldn’t stay not injured or his migraines would keep him out. Cordarrel just isn’t good at anything other than kick off returns. With the new rules-he is a returner without a position.

  5. He needs to focus on being a WR. He needs a coach who will coach him on being a WR. He reminds me of a big bodied Devin Hester, someone willing to do the dirty job of being a return man.

  6. This is Patterson’s 7th year in the league and it’s already pretty Cleese what he is. A returner in special teams and a gadget player in offense not a true receiver definitely not a RB u could give consistent attempts to. A gadget player u can use once in a while if u want but u have to call specific plays just for him. He doesn’t fit into ur regular offense so to have to install certain plays just for him takes rhythm outta ur offense and time u could spend installing team plays instead of specific player plays. IMO below average returner below average reviewer below average RB. Decent at a cpl positions not good at any of them which is also why he’s on his 4th or 5th team already.

  7. Nagy is arguably the worst coach in the league. He gets too cute with his offensive play calling. It’s scary that the Bears are going to waste that great defense because of the egg head calling the plays on offense.

  8. Bwuh…??? Have I missed something here? Are you guys talking about the Matt Nagy that took over a Bears team that had been middling at best ever since they let Lovie Smith go and immediately took them to 13-3, completely owning the division in the process? THAT Matt Nagy? Or is there some other one I haven’t heard of?

  9. He’s a great kick off returner.

    Why not try to develop him into a punt returner?

    He could barely catch perfectly thrown passes from Brady on easy routes last year, what would make anyone believe he can do it with Trubiski?

    Really helped the Pats last year, wouldn’t have made the SB without him for his mid-season performances, and certainly had his most valuable, if not best year with them- grateful for that!

  10. indiapalealeblog says:

    September 21, 2019 at 9:59 am

    This is Cordarrelle Pattersons 4th team.
    \At some point it’s not “how can we make the best use of they guy” and becomes “he’s not that good”.
    He kind of reminds me of Percy Harvin.
    Fast, but not especially good.
    ——–
    Uhhh Percy harvin was good but couldn’t stay healthy but your take is normally off base.

  11. Told Bears fans back when they got Patterson that Nagy will struggle to adapt him into more than BB did, but they didn’t want to hear it – Nagy was a new swami and far smarter than BB.

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    September 21, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Bwuh…??? Have I missed something here? Are you guys talking about the Matt Nagy that took over a Bears team that had been middling at best ever since they let Lovie Smith go and immediately took them to 13-3, completely owning the division in the process? THAT Matt Nagy? Or is there some other one I haven’t heard of?

    The Bears did the same thing in 2001 under Dick Jauron, it’s called a fluke. Nagy is terrible.

  13. I think the problem is Nagy.
    The guy has a gimmicky offense. Literally no cohesion on what they do.
    They have great running backs. Line up in I formation like normal offenses and run it down someone’s throat man.

  14. Not here to trash Nagy, but I seriously doubt any coach is going to find a better way to use Cordoroy than BB did. The guy can’t run routes and has questionable hands, and when he’s put in the backfield, the D knows where the ball is going. In other words, he just doesn’t fit within modern offenses. He’s a great returner, but NFL rules have pretty much made that position obsolete.

  15. nagyisterrible says:
    September 21, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    September 21, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Bwuh…??? Have I missed something here? Are you guys talking about the Matt Nagy that took over a Bears team that had been middling at best ever since they let Lovie Smith go and immediately took them to 13-3, completely owning the division in the process? THAT Matt Nagy? Or is there some other one I haven’t heard of?

    The Bears did the same thing in 2001 under Dick Jauron, it’s called a fluke. Nagy is terrible.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So two whole weeks into this season you already know last season, in its entirety, was a fluke? And you expect to be taken seriously? Good luck.

  16. I’m no Bears fan, but clearly Nagy is saying he can use Patterson in the same capacity other coaches have as a gimmick player, but would really like to use Patterson on the field more because he can be a dynamic TD threat at any time.

    I’m sure he’ll be a factor in the Bears offense and special teams. Patterson is just one of those dynamic players that go team to team depending on the salary cap…

  17. I’m so happy to see people are seeing the truth about Nagy and this team. Nagy is a gimmick guy, Patterson is a gimmick, and the “smartest coach in the NFL” cannot figure out how to use him. DO you know why, Patterson is a great athlete and a bad football player. It will be interesting to see what the Bear does against DC. DC is really bad, the Bear may be worse.

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