By not firing head coach Matt Nagy immediately, the Chicago Bears ownership is guaranteeing dysfunction for the rest of the season.
The 2021 season has been one bad of emotions for the Chicago Bears and their fans. They’ve had embarrassments on the field and embarrassments in the front office/executive suite. They just snapped a five-game losing streak but still find themselves behind seven teams for the final playoff spot in the NFC.
Last week was the latest and ultimate dysfunction for the franchise. First, there were reports that the majority of the players supported the firing of head coach Matt Nagy. Then there was a report that the Bears would fire Nagy after their Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.
This is Nagy’s fourth season as head coach. He came in as having the reputation of being an offensive guru and quarterback whisperer. In his time in Chicago, he’s been neither.
Many expected the Bears to fire not only Nagy but also general manager Ryan Pace after last season. That didn’t happen. It seems that the team gave one or both of them one more season to turn things around. At 4-7, it doesn’t appear they’ll do that. Again, the offense continues to struggle to score points, averaging 16.3 points per game. That average is the team’s lowest since 2005.
The status on Pace is something not spoken about so much. He is the architect of this roster. Should he go out the door with Nagy? Some feel he should. While he has some points against him, the case for keeping him is stronger than it is for Nagy. Pace’s story is for another time, however.
This discussion is about Nagy. He’s been an abject failure. Perhaps he can use this experience for future jobs, but his time in Chicago is over.
The McCaskeys, particularly George the CEO, however, want to extend the pain. The Bears never fired a head coach mid-season and it appears that the owners won’t change that this season. Despite watching the team continually struggle and fail, they won’t do anything about it until the season ends. We must watch this weekly car crash for another six weeks.
Many people thought the dysfunction was at its highest last week. Speculation surrounded the team all week. The good thing was that the week was a short one. Instead of handling on-field questions, they’ll face questions about Nagy and his job situation. Will the Bears finally fire a coach mid-season, or will they wait until the end of the season again? When Justin Fields struggles the questions will ultimately lead to how Nagy isn’t the right coach for him and whether keeping him does more harm than good for the rookie.
George McCaskey just invites more dysfunction by not doing what everyone agrees is what needs to be done. It’s amazing how much disorder surrounds the family and the franchise. The McCaskeys botch hirings and firings with regularity.
By not doing what needs to be done, they invite more disorganization. As we see, the players are starting to accept that Nagy won’t be there much longer. That undercuts Nagy’s authority even more. We already see how the undisciplined play this season increased. It could be that some of the players know Nagy is basically a “Dead man walking” so they’ve started to tune him out. Yes, you can say that he’s still in charge until he isn’t, but the reality is that in a lost season some players’ thoughts run amok.
George McCaskey and the McCaskey family keep making a bad situation worse. They invite more dysfunction and threaten to turn one of the greatest franchises in the NFL into a punchline.