Matt Nagy is entering his 4th season as Bears head coach. He’s got a 28-20 record overall. Going 12-4 in 2018, and 8-8 twice in 2019 and 2020. The question looms is he on the hot seat?
I think the answer is yes.
While Nagy has made the playoffs 2 out of the last 3 years, he still went 8–8 in back to back seasons. They got bounced in the first round as the 7th seed a season ago. Also if it wasn’t for the expanded playoffs that were added the Bears wouldn’t even have made it. While Nagy hasn’t coached a losing season for the Bears, he still hasn’t got the Bears back to their 2018 success. This season is huge for Nagy and he may need a 10+ win season to keep his job.
Another factor in which Nagy could end up keeping his job regardless is how good Justin Fields looks. If Fields gets put in later in the season, and is playing well but they don’t make the playoffs, I could definitely see the Bears keeping Nagy. Fields would already have a year under his offense. It would be an easy transition into year two for Justin Fields. He would have a lot of familiarity with the offense, and not have to learn a new system.
If Matt Nagy gets fired, their are some intriguing options that could replace him. Brian Daboll, who is the Bills offensive coordinator would be a great fit. Daboll was a big part of developing Josh Allen in Buffalo. He could try and do the same for Justin Fields. Joe Brady is another offensive guru who is the Panthers offensive coordinator. He was a big part in LSU’s success in 2019 in their championship run with Joe Burrow.
This is a big year for Matt Nagy. It will be interesting to see if he will keep his job!