Chicago Bears fire Matt Nagy as head coach, GM Ryan Pace

Nagy, who had previously served as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator under Andy Reid in 2017, was hired by the Bears to revive a struggling offense. Nagy helped Chicago reach the No. Chicago finished with the No. 9 scoring offense. But it was a dominating, Mack-led defense which truly made the difference for a 12-4 season that saw the Bears win the NFC North (the first division title since 2010).

Nagy’s rookie season saw the Bears’ offensive production plummet, with their scoring offense ranking No. 29 in 2019, No. 29 in 2019, No. 22 in 2020, and No. 27 in this season.

The 2018 season ended in a loss to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Wild Card Round. This is best remembered for the kicker. Cody Parkey‘s “Double Doink“Mistaken field goal.

Nagy’s life began to spiral in retrospect.

In 2019, the offseason saw a circus-like kicker contest to replace Parkey. While Trubisky was a promising player immediately after Nagy’s arrival, earning him a Pro Bowl nod his second NFL year, Trubisky’s inconsistent play forced the Bears into a decades-long search to find a viable quarterback.

The Bears made an offseason trade after Trubisky’s 2019 campaign of 8-8, in which Nagy’s play-calling was under scrutiny. Nick Foles. The team’s offensive problems were not addressed by it. The quarterback problems continued through an 8-8 season in the next year. After backing their way into the playoffs, the Bears were defeated by the New Orleans Saints again in the first round.

Chicago decided not to re-up Trubisky in March, and after failing to trade Russell Wilson, Andy Dalton signed a one-year contract. While Pace’s decision for Dalton to be added was met with mixed reactions from Bears fans, he did inject some life into the city. 11th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Foles, Fields, and Dalton all started in 2021. However, the Bears’ offense was stale, scoring only 30 points once during the season.

In the midst of a five-game losing streak going into Thanksgiving, the rumor machine roared that Nagy’s days were over in the Second City. The Bears won in Detroit and Nagy was still with the team. Nagy remained with the team through Week 18, continuing a tradition of not letting go of a coach during a season.

Final verdict: The Nagy/Pace ouster wasn’t a surprising turn of events. However, it doesn’t do much to help the franchise’s future. Mack was out for the season due to a foot injury. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, who was on the franchise tag, had his worst season in Chicago before being injured. The offensive line continues to be a problem. The defense, perhaps the most important aspect of this organization, has fallen off its pedestal as a dominant force.