My prayers have been answered.
I had to read both articles twice to make sure it was fact and not supposition. Great news for the Bears organization. No news yet on Ted's fate.
Chicago Bears fire coach Matt Nagy, GM Ryan Pace following 6-11 season
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ESPN Staff Writer
The Chicago Bears fired coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace on Monday after the team finished with a 6-11 record this season.
Nagy was named NFL Coach of the Year after his first season in 2018, when he led the Bears to a 12-4 record and reached the playoffs for the first time in eight years. He earned praise that season for his offensive wrinkles and humble disposition, but the Bears couldn't sustain that success over the ensuing three seasons.
They finished 8-8 in 2019 and then again in 2020, when the league's expanded playoff field put them into the wild-card round. Nagy was never able to duplicate his first season, in part because the quarterback he inherited -- Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2017 draft -- never made the necessary improvement.
Trubisky departed via free agency last spring, after the Bears traded up to draft quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears were 2-8 in Fields' 10 starts, and he finished the season ranked last in the league in Total Quarterback Rating (26.0). In four seasons, the Bears were 34-31 under Nagy in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs.
Monday's news has been brewing since the end of November, when a local report emerged that Nagy would be fired after the Bears' Thanksgiving Day game at the Detroit Lions. Nagy said at the time that he was unaware of his impending firing, but no member of the Bears' front office or ownership immediately stepped forward to publicly deny the report.
Matt Nagy won the NFL's Coach of the Year award after his first season in 2018, when he led the Bears to a 12-4 record and reached the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire
A day later, owner George McCaskey told players during a team meeting that Nagy would not be fired after the game. The Bears beat the Lions 16-14, but it was their only win amid a 1-8 streak that ran from Weeks 6-15.
Nagy, 43, came to the Bears after eight years working for longtime head coach Andy Reid, including five with the Kansas City Chiefs and three more with the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid promoted him to offensive coordinator in 2017, one year before the Bears hired him.
Pace spent seven seasons with the Bears, hiring two coaches and trading up to draft two quarterbacks during his tenure. His teams made two playoff appearances but did not win a game. The Bears last won a playoff game in 2010 and are 1-3 in the postseason since appearing in Super Bowl XLI after the 2007 season.
Nagy was the second coach Pace hired. Predecessor John Fox spent three seasons with the team as it transitioned away from quarterback Jay Cutler. Pace proved to be an aggressive trader, acquiring pass-rusher Khalil Mack in 2018 in addition to making deals to draft Trubisky and Fields.
But those deals continued a trend of giving up first-round picks that had begun with the Bears' deal to acquire Cutler in 2009. The organization traded away its first-round picks in 2009, 2010, 2019 and 2020 and do not have one for 2022, either. Of the four first-round picks that Pace did make in his tenure -- receiver Kevin White (2015), linebacker Leonard Floyd (2016), Trubisky, linebacker Roquan Smith (2018) and Fields -- only Smith has proved a long-term answer.
Pace did have some success in free agency, hitting on receiver Allen Robinson II and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, among others, and he also drafted impressive receiver Darnell Mooney. But it was not enough to make the Bears annual playoff contenders.
2022 Prepare for the Suck!
2023 A Bright new Day!
Ryan Poles ripping off the band-aids since 2022!
C'mon George! Don't stop there! Keep on going! Get rid of Sweaty Teddy too.
Under “modified structure,” new Bears G.M. will report to George McCaskey
Posted by Mike Florio on January 10, 2022, 6:59 PM EST
The Bears aren’t firing team president Ted Phillips, even if they should. They are, however, subtly eliminating his influence over the football operation.
During Monday’s press conference regarding the termination of coach Matt Nagy and G.M. Ryan Pace, Bears chairman George McCaskey mentioned that the next G.M. will report not to Phillips, but to McCaskey.
“[Phillips] has persuaded me that, with the pending acquisition of the Arlington Park property and its evaluation as a possible future Bears stadium occupying much of his time and attention, General Manager should report to me,” McCaskey said. “In this modified organizational structure, General Manager will continue to oversee the entire football operation, including the head coach. The G.M. will report to ownership.”
That’s a subtle but significant change. Phillips is essentially being cut out of the football operation, with his responsibilities now focused on getting a new stadium built.
Phillips nevertheless will be involved in the search for a new G.M. and coach, with input from consultant Bill Polian. Which means that, as a practical matter, the Bears will hire a friend or crony (and definitely not an enemy) of Polian.
Ideally, the Bears would hire a G.M. and coach without Polian or any other consultant. If the organization doesn’t already have the knowledge needed to make key decisions like this, then ownership should fold the tents and sell the team. But the good news, if there is any, is that Phillips has had his influence over the football operation dramatically reduced, since the G.M. no longer will report to Phillips.
Okay, step one accomplished! Ted Phillips is not longer involved in day to day football operations! Check!
Step two: George realizes he has no idea what a GM does and hires a guy to do that for him!
Fly in the ointment... Bears hired Bill Pollian to advise them. Is this 2015 all over again? Ernie Accorsi 2.0??? Pollian is only going to recommend a former underling of his and not necessarily the best candidate.