The Bears will soon be looking for their 18th coach in franchise history. Matt Nagy started to stand out in 2018 with the 12-4 NFC North winning team in Chicago, but after more than three disappointing subsequent years in which the team went 20-24 in the regular season, the team is in need a shift away from perceived inefficiencies.
Although the Bears were the 7th seed with 8-8 in the 2020 knockout round, there were high expectations that Nagy, despite another quick hit, would be the right offensive-minded coach to maximize. Promising rookie defender Justin Fields. But with some of the same vibes as having Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears couldn’t afford to allow another first-round QB to fail.
Nagy, 43, was OK as another coach from tree Andy Reid, but the bottom line is, the Bears have seen the Packers and Vikings become stronger in the division, and the pressure is on to close that gap as soon as possible while getting the best out of Fields in the rookie contract. his.
So who would be the ideal successor for Nagy to partner with Fields, hopefully long term? Here is a ranking of the nine best coaching contenders available for the Bears:
Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs strike coordinator (age: 52)
Bieniemy has been on the new hire list for multiple assignments after Doug Pederson and Nagy left the position under Reid to become coaches with varying degrees of success. The Bears couldn’t let Nagy’s frustration keep them from pursuing a worthy candidate, even if the top ones would be his former owners. Bieniemy has worked well with Patrick Mahomes and deserves to be empowered to run the team with another potential franchisee.
Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinator (age: 33)
There have been a number of comparisons made between Fields and Dak Prescott, so why not turn to the so-called player who helped make Prescott an excellent passer with the dual threat of running in his back pocket. me? Moore may still be too young, but it could also be time for a real gunman to get his shot done in Chicago. Moore has grown and learned well under Super Bowl winner Mike McCarthy.
Joe Brady, former Panthers offensive coordinator (age: 32)
Brady will be in the same category as Moore. He is a brilliant play designer as seen with what he did to try to rejuvenate Cam Newton. He can do very well with QB mobile and has championship experience from LSU. He will be happy to make the Field the ultimate weapon.
Matt Eberflus, Colts defensive coordinator (age: 51)
This is the best defense-conscious pick for the Bears, just down the road on Interstate 57 in Indianapolis. Former Frank Reich offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni is finding his passion in Philadelphia as a rookie and Eberflus could well do as the Colts are well organised, structured and coached. how. He’ll give the Bears their old-fashioned defense and make them tough mentally and physically. He will also let a new OC do his job with Fields and not get in the way.
Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers offensive coordinator (age: 41)
Leftwich also deserves a coach’s header after becoming a highly regarded player under Bruce Arians and winning the Super Bowl with Tom Brady. He was able to connect well with Fields as his own first one-time QB. He was right there with Moore and Brady and wiser after his years, with just a little bit of experience.
Demeco Ryans, 49ers defensive coordinator (age: 37)
This is an underrated growing contender from the Kyle Shanahan tree after Robert Saleh was hired by the Jets. Ryans, the famous former Texas quarterback, is a respected player coach, a motivator as energetic and fiery as Saleh, with whom he succeeded. The Bears can use some counter-attacking defensive thinking and Ryans will also have a good influence on Fields from the other side of the ball.
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern head coach (age: 47)
Fitzgerald has suggested the only job he’ll ever leave his beloved alma mater in Evanston would be one located 25 miles northeast of his hometown in Orlando Park, Illustrated. He’s had a cup of coffee with the Cowboys as an all-American for a long time but some in the NFL think he has the right motivation to make a good professional transition on the sidelines. No doubt if the Bears called him for an interview and liked him, chances are he’d take the job.
Mike Kafka, head midfield coach (age: 34)
Here’s a way for the Bears to get into the Chiefs and Fitzgerald’s Northwest show at the same time. Kafka was a bright young mind under Reid and Bieniemy, soon accepted to the job of striking offensive coordinator. He can also jump that level if given the right opportunity. He’s a native of Chicago, used to play in St. Rita against NU and became a QB player in round 4 of the Eagles in 2010.
Ryan Day, Ohio State head coach (age: 42)
Could the opportunity to coach Fields once again lure Day away from Columbus, following Urban Meyer to the NFL with better professional prospects? Don’t discount it. Day has NFL experience as he coached the Eagles’ quarterback ‘and 49ers’ in 2015 and 2016 before taking the OC job for Ohio State. It’s pretty unlikely, but the Bears are a compelling franchise and they could make a positive offer for him to leave his bad gig.