I think this is a hard one for Bears fans, we all are pretty emotionally invested at this point, and for most the investment is seeing him gone, not returning. But is that the best path?
At the beginning of the season we all were still wondering if the system was not working because Nagy was handicapped by Mitch, or if the opposite was true and Mitch was being miss-used by a stubborn and unwavering HC.Most of us cheered seeing Foles promoted, thinking for sure the savy vet could make Nagy's offense start rolling. It did not. It flamed out in the worst way. It became so bad that the stubborn HC actually handed over his game day duties.
Injuries to Foles let Mitch back in and he has absolutely thrived with the changes. We have seen more good Mitch than bad for 3 straight games, really good Mitch. Lazor is taking full advantage of what Mitch brings to the table, limiting the things Mitch struggles at, and the offense is ranked in the top 5 over the last 4 games. Admittedly against some of the weaker defenses, but it is not as if Nagy was lighting up the games he should have been able to. Lazor and Mitch are getting it done.
So, assuming Pace and Nagy stay, what is the best direction to take with Mitch? I think most will agree a long term deal is foolish. I do not see Mitch signing anything long term that is in Chicago's favor. But... if Pace were to convince him to sign cheep it would be a one of the high risk/reward gambles that can pay off. Will he sign a one year deal? Or a two year with incentives for continuing to play at a high level? Is there any way that the franchise tag is worth it?
If Mitch continues to play good against the Jags and the Packers, I think Pace has to attempt to secure him for next year. But he has to make sure he also brings in legitimate competition. And the deal he makes for Mitch cannot be one that prevents the team turning to the new guy if Mitch reverts. One thing for certain, Mitch is making the end of 2020 interesting for us.