CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace after finishing the season 6-11.
While Nagy’s sacking came as no surprise, with several reports during the season that he was told he would be sacked at the end of the season, the decision to let Pace go was not. also certain before Monday.
The Bears made it official by announcing that general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy “have been removed from their positions.”
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Bears president George McCaskey is expected to speak to reporters about the measures on Monday at 1 p.m.
Bears linebacker Trevis Gipson said Nagy told players about his dismissal on Monday morning.
“He told us how much he cared about us and that he would always be there for us,” Gipson said. “It’s all love with Coach Nagy, and it will always be like that. So I am very grateful for the memories I am lucky enough to be able to create with him, and I will always be able to stay in touch with him.
Running back David Montgomery, who was drafted by Pace in the third round of the NFL Draft, said he was happy that Pace and Nagy “took their chances with me.”
“They took their chances with a poor boy from Cincinnati who people thought was not going to be good enough to even get a chance to play,” he said. “That’s why it’s touching to me, because they put their necks on the line for me, and I appreciate them for that.”
The Bears were 34-33 in four seasons under Nagy, with two playoff appearances but no playoff wins. Although they started with a promising 12-4 season in their first year under Nagy, the Bears couldn’t maintain that success, going 8-8 in each of the following two seasons before the 6- 11 of this year.
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In seven seasons under Pace, the Bears have gone 48-65, with only one winning season and no playoff wins.
Along with the continued failure to bring Chicago their first playoff victory since the 2010 season under head coach Lovie Smith, Pace’s fate has been sealed by his repeated inability to find a quarterback. franchise.
Pace traded four draft picks to move up one berth in the 2017 NFL Draft to pick Mitchell Trubisky over fellow first-round quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, only to see Trubisky fail to develop after hiring Nagy in 2018. Although Trubisky had a 29-21 record with the Bears, he fell short of his promise as a second pick in the draft and couldn’t match the success of Mahomes and Watson, who both became NFL stars. The Bears let Trubisky go in free agency after last year, and he’s now a replacement with the Bills, and it seems unlikely he’ll get another starting NFL job anytime soon.
In addition to missing Trubisky, Pace also failed with several free agent quarterbacks, including Mike Glennon, Nick Foles and Andy Dalton; and two more busts in the first round with wide receiver Kevin White in 2015 and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in 2017.
It also left the Bears struggling with a salary cap, which left them with a talent shortage, especially on the offensive side.
Nagy, meanwhile, was unable to boost the Bears’ lackluster offense during his four years at Chicago, despite his success as a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator in five seasons under the coach. Chief of the Chiefs Andy Reid before joining the Bears.
In its four seasons in Chicago, the Bears have finished no better than 21st in overall offense and passing offense. While the Bears managed to finish 9th in scorers in their debut season, it was in large part thanks to a historic defense, which has scored seven touchdowns on its own and has consistently given the offense a good position on the ground.
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