The Chicago Bears will make a head coach change next season as the team fired Matt Nagy after four seasons at the helm.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported the decision was made on Monday morning. Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago also confirmed the news.
The Bears confirmed the news later in the morning, also announcing that general manager Ryan Pace had also been fired.
Nagy went 34-31 in four seasons with the Bears and led the team to the playoffs in two of those four seasons. However, both of those races ended in losses, with a last-second loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 and a loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2021.
Nagy, a former Arena Football League quarterback, served as the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator for two seasons before joining the Bears. He was hired by Pace after the 2017 season as a replacement for John Fox, who recorded a 14-34 record in three seasons and failed to take the Bears out of the NFC North cellar in any of those three campaigns. .
Despite Nagy’s reputation as an offensive specialist, the Bears’ offense was one of the worst in the league in 2021, entering the final week of the regular season averaging 304.3 yards per game, the fifth worst in the NFL.
The Bears have averaged 18.3 points per game this season, one of the worst totals in the NFL.
The coach has been the subject of rumors throughout the season, with reports ahead of the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions that he was going to be ousted after the game. This did not end up being accomplished, but in recent weeks there have been more and more reports that Nagy will be sacked by the team at the end of the campaign.
Throughout this process, Nagy insisted that his future with the team had not been discussed with the property and that the team was only focused on the task at hand each week.
Now that Nagy is gone, the Bears’ next coach will take on a huge responsibility in helping Justin Fields build on what has been an eventful year for the rookie quarterback. To complicate matters, the Bears don’t have a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, having traded that pick to the New York Giants in their rise on the board to draft Fields in 2021.