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Chicago Bears Reportedly Have A Matt Nagy Replacement In Mind
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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.

https://www.sportsmockery.com/chicago-bears-rumors/chicago-bears-reportedly-have-a-matt-nagy-replacement-in-mind/

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I know nothing about him, but wouldn't hiring a coach put the cart before the horse? If that happens, then the new GM will have a built in excuse for failure. "That wasn't my guy." I can't believe the Bears would be so dense as to force a coach on the GM. I'm not sure any of it matters anyway. Remember Chris Ballard and the reason he wasn't hired? Instead of kissing sweat ted's butt like Pace did, he made demands about changes that needed to be made in the Halas Hall power structure. These demands apparently came as a result of advice he got from Jerry Angelo. We all saw how that played out.

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I wouldn't be a big fan of hiring Fitzgerald.  He seems to have done an excellent job of reviving the NW football program....but he seems to be pretty bland with no frills.

He reminds me too much of Dick Jauron motivation wise.

I'd like to see the Niners DC as the Bears top candidate for HC.

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I agree with you CCob. Would he hire members of his current staff or experienced NFL coaches? Maybe he will keep some of the current Bear coaches. I would like to see the next coach have some solid NFL experience, and not have a big Ego. Send these potential candidates to a personnel psychologist to determine strength's and potential negative issues. I have been to several in my career who's reports about me were spot on to make sure I matched the job and the organization. If they had sent Nagy to one of these shrinks the Bears would have probably passed on him. Nagy did not have solid experience required for the job, and had some questionable personality traits (EGO issues being his biggest).

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I became opposed to Fitzgerald when I heard the comparison to "Dead" Dick Jauron. If i give Pace credit for anything, it's moving away from the lifeless personalities of Jauron, Lovie, Trestman and Fox. At least Nagy hasn't had his personality surgically removed.

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I'm biased being a grad but I like Mat Campbell of Iowa State if the Bears look to the college ranks. He's successfully resurrected increaingly larger programs. His coaches have stuck with him on the moves. He's a great motivator, will go to the mat for players, seems to know offenses. Harbaugh might be another possibility, he seems to have run his course at Michigan. Urban Meyer anyone?

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Well, I am sure I will be the minority, but I am not against staying put another year. Had Nagy not given up his play calling I would be the first in line to send him out the door. But honestly I think he is a good head coach 6 days a week. He has repeatedly shown that he can rally the team and has helped build a group of guys that don't give up. The only thing we had against him was his play calling. This team has looked totally different. Not sure I would want to throw away that growth and start over again.

And as much as Pace has killed me with his first round misses, overall the Chicago Bears have a pretty solid roster. Especially as some of the depth has had time to grow and solidify.

 

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