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To the surprise of no one, the Matt Nagy experiment in Chicago has come to an end. The Bears fired their head coach Monday morning after four seasons.
Nagy was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year after his debut in 2018 when he led the Bears to a 12-4 record and their first playoff berth in nearly a decade, but it’s been downhill ever since. Chicago had matching 8-8 records in Nagy’s second and third seasons then bottomed out this year at 6-11.
The #Bears are parting ways with coach Matt Nagy, sources say, with Chicago making the final and expected decision this morning.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2022
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed the news of Nagy’s firing this morning: “The Bears are parting ways with coach Matt Nagy, sources say, with Chicago making the final and expected decision this morning.”
Nagy was hired to pump up a Bears offense that’s been more or less flat since Walter Payton retired more than three decades ago, but Nagy was unable to get the job done. In just 34 of the 67 games he coached did the Bears score more than 21 points.
This season, the Bears finished with the league’s sixth-worst scoring offense (20.5 points per game) and the third-worst passing offense (188.6 yards per game).
In Nagy’s four seasons, Chicago went 34-31 in the regular season and lost both of their post-season appearances. Sunday’s 31-17 loss to Minnesota proved to be a fitting end to Nagy’s tenure. The Bears dropped nine of their final twelve games, six by 10 points or more.
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