Matt Nagy is out as Head Coach in Chicago after a disappointing season. The Chicago Bears were projected to compete for the division behind a great defensive line. Nagy was tasked with developing first-round pick Justin Fields. Andy Dalton held up his end of the bargain playing like a veteran ahead of the dynamic young rookie. Nagy and the offensive play calling were horrendous at times. The offensive scheme with Fields under center was vanilla, methodical, and left the rookie quarterback behind the sticks with nowhere to go with the football.
Bears fired Matt Nagy this morning, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2022
Matt Nagy Out in Chicago
Poor Season in Chicago
The Bears were a letdown despite pre-season excitement after taking another first-round quarterback. Optimism for the future quarterback quickly turned sour as Allen Robinson fell into a funk. Robinson posted one of the worst seasons in his NFL tenure with 38 catches going for 388 yards and a lone touchdown. Nagy leaned on Robinson to play safety valve while easing Fields into game-action and the former Pro Bowl wide receiver crumbled.
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— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 8, 2022
The Bears have been bit hard by the injury bug. Khalil Mack has missed a huge chunk of the season after suffering a foot injury requiring season-ending surgery. The star defensive lineman typically wreaks havoc on opposing passers. In 2021 Mack struggled to find his rhythm before injury. The star pass-rusher should be back next season with a new coach at the helm.
David Montgomery has had a good season despite his stint on Injured Reserve. Montgomery suffered a knee injury that landed him on the IR for multiple weeks. Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert filled in nicely during Montgomery’s absence. The run game became a strength for the Bears despite early projections having Nagy leaning the defense.
Lone Bright Spot
Robert Quinn is the lone bright spot in the Windy City. Quinn took the sack record from former Bears Defensive End Richard Dent. Quinn comes into Week 18 with 18 sacks. Quinn’s great performance makes the losing record a bit easier pill to swallow.
Nagy is being fired for mishandling talent at every level of his team. Fields was one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in college the last two seasons for Ohio State University. Poor play calling and offensive schemes put this young rookie in no-win scenarios with each start. The Bears need an offensive-minded head coach capable of playing this team towards its strengths. The Bears next hire is crucial for player development while the window is closing for this tremendously talented defense. The next head coach needs to take advantage of Fields and their great defense to avoid a double doink on both sides of the ball.
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