SM has reported for the past couple of weeks that head coach Matt Nagy is in serious hot water. Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey is furious with the state of the team. Especially its listless offense. After watching what happened last Sunday night where the Bears looked completely outclassed and even somewhat disinterested in Green Bay? It’s felt that proved to be the breaking point.
Unless the Bears go on some sort of miracle run down the stretch to reach the playoffs, the belief is both Nagy and GM Ryan Pace will be gone. At that point, the question shifts to who will replace them. There’s plenty of speculation on that front as well. Yet one rumor has continued to steadily pick up steam during this latest sequence.
One that could see the team hire a college head coach for the first time ever.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirmed the report that Nagy is likely on his way out. He also had some additional information on a possible replacement. That being Northwestern standout head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
“IF THE CHICAGO BEARS CONDUCT A COACHING SEARCH NEXT MONTH — AND NUMEROUS LEAGUE SOURCES HAVE INDICATED IT IS FAR MORE LIKELY THAN NOT THAT WILL BE THE CASE — NORTHWESTERN HEAD COACH PAT FITZGERALD WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THEIR WISH LIST.
FRUSTRATION IS MOUNTING WITHIN OWNERSHIP ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF COACH MATT NAGY AND GENERAL MANAGER RYAN PACE, SOURCES SAID, AND FITZGERALD HAS LONG HAD THE ATTENTION OF OWNERSHIP.”
Now it must be made clear that La Canfora doesn’t exactly have a stellar history of accurate insider info. Especially when the Bears are involved. That said, he’s not the only one who has connected Fitzgerald to Chicago. Other insiders have indicated if the head coach were to make the jump to the pros, it would only be for the Bears’ job. Remember he’s a Chicago-area native. He grew up watching the team. It would be a dream position.