Matt Nagy awaits meeting with Bears’ brass
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy could know his fate and employment status in the next 24 hours.
Nagy is running player exit interviews on Monday but a sitdown with management, which would include team ownership — chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips — and general manager Ryan Pace, could take place as early as Tuesday.
The Bears finished the regular season 8-8 and were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday at New Orleans, 21-9.
“Like I told y’all at the beginning of the week, we’ve been so focused in on this game, and then the same thing goes with the staff. It’s probably not just our staff, it’s probably a lot of staffs; whether it’s promotions or demotions or whatever, there’s always change, that’s just how it goes,” Nagy said Sunday night. “So, that’s something that (Monday) for us, as a team, we’ll do all of our exit interviews and all of that stuff and talk to the guys, but that’ll be down the road. I’m just at a point right now where I could literally say I just appreciate the fight of these players and tomorrow we’ll discuss the other stuff.”
The Bears converted 1 of 10 attempts on third down in the defeat to the Saints. The loss followed the Week 17 defeat to the Packers that put the Bears in the playoffs by virtue of the newly created seventh spot in each conference.
With or without Nagy, the Bears are facing franchise-altering decisions. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is an unrestricted free agent after the team declined the option on his rookie contract.
“Yeah, I think I can definitely see myself back here next year,” Trubisky said after the game Sunday. “Obviously, a lot of that is out of my control but it feels like home and it feels like we have unfinished business. … But I can see that. We’ll see.”
Trubisky was benched in favor of Nick Foles after Week 3, but Foles was injured and never got his job back after Trubisky reclaimed it entering Week 12. Foles started seven games and the Bears averaged 16.7 points in those games.
Nagy just completed his third season in Chicago and is 28-20 in the regular season, 0-2 in the playoffs.
Chicago does have one of the best defenses in the NFL and despite a six-game losing streak found its way to the postseason for the second time in three years. Nagy went 12-4 and won the NFC North in his first season with the Bears.
–Field Level Media
Nagy also finished 8-8 in 2019 and the Bears missed the playoffs.