Jan 10, 2022 - Sports

The Matt Nagy era ends with a whimper

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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy. Photo: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Bears finished the 2021-22 season with their first losing season under fourth-year head coach Matt Nagy. According to the Sun Times, it will be his last.

Why it matters: Bears management expected a high-flying offense from the first-time head coach but instead got one of the worst offenses in franchise history.

  • Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Vikings was a microcosm of Nagy's tenure. The offense moved the ball in the first half but couldn't score points before the Vikings made the necessary halftime adjustments to outscore the Bears 28-3 in the second half.
  • Wide receiver Darnell Mooney was the lone bright spot Sunday. He had a career-high 12 catches and finished with over 1,000 receiving yards on the season.

Context: Nagy was hired because he was considered an offensive guru from his time in Kansas City. He started off great with a 12-4 record in 2018 while winning NFL Coach of the Year honors.

  • But after the infamous "double doink" that ended the Bears playoff run, the team never recovered.

This year, the Bears passing offense ranked dead last in the NFL.

  • According to sportswriter Bill Zimmerman, Nagy's passing offense is worse than the Bears offense run by Sid Luckman in the mid-1940s!

The latest: If fired, Nagy leaves Chicago with an overall winning record of 34-31, but only 22-27 since that 2018 season. He's also 0-2 in the playoffs with a 1-7 record against the dreaded Packers.

Lowlights: He was unable to develop Chicago's 2017 No. 2 overall pick, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

  • In 2019, the Bears set a franchise record for the fewest carries in a game against the Saints.
  • In 2021, Nagy was criticized for not preparing a game plan that fit rookie quarterback Justin Fields' strengths.

What's next: The Bears have not yet called a press conference but said Nagy will meet with management today.

  • Rumors point to┬áMichigan coach and former Bear Jim Harbaugh as a candidate to potentially replace Nagy.
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