The Matt Nagy era in Chicago had a promising start, but a dire end. The Chicago Bears announced Monday that the organization had fired Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace, a total rebuild for an organization that has not won a playoff game since the 2010 season. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora d ‘first announced that the Bears would fire Nagy.
The Bears left Nagy after four seasons at the helm of the franchise, with Nagy finishing 34-31 with only one losing season (2021). Nagy led the Bears to the NFC North title in his debut season and won the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year, but has only gone 22-27 in the three seasons since. Nagy was tasked with developing quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but the Bears left him despite the playoffs in two of Trubisky’s three seasons as a starting quarterback.
Pace took over as general manager in Chicago in 2015, but has only enjoyed one winning season and two playoff appearances in seven years on the job. The Bears went 48-65 under Pace, who had four losing seasons during his tenure. Pace oversaw the hiring of two head coaches, Nagy and John Fox. Under Fox, the Bears went 14-34 before Nagy returned the franchise going 12-4 in 2018 in Trubisky’s second season as a starting quarterback. Expectations have been high in Chicago after that NFC North title, but the Bears have only reached the playoffs in the three seasons since.
Pace’s tenure in Chicago is defined by two draft-day trades, the first advancing one spot to acquire Trubisky in the 2017 draft. The Bears drafted the No. 3 pick, a third-round pick (No. 67) , a fourth-round pick (No. 111) and a 2018 third-round pick (No. 70) to go from No. 3 to No. 2. Trubisky only lasted four seasons in Chicago before the Bears left.
The second trade came in the last offseason as the Bears traded two first-round draft picks to earn nine spots in the 2021 NFL Draft. Chicago traded the No. 20 pick, a fifth pick. round (No.164), a first-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round pick in 2022 to move up to No.11 overall and select Justin Fields – who struggled in his debut season in Chicago as a result of ‘have been removed from the roster.
As a result, Nagy and Pace are both out, and Chicago is looking for a fresh start for the organization – and their young quarterback.