Chicago Bears: 3 signs Matt Nagy will be fired despite win over the Raiders

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Sign No. 2: Matt Nagy’s inability to create an effective Chicago Bears offense

With the first sign out of the way, we turn our attention to sign No. 2. This sign, unlike the first sign, would actually be enough for any general manager or team owner/President to decide to move on from their offensive coach. Could it be as simple as the front office does not renegotiate a new contract for head coach Matt Nagy at the end of the season? Who knows, but what I do know is that Matt Nagy has truly struggled to maintain a consistently good offense.

In 2018, the Chicago Bears were 21st in the NFL in total yards per game. The Bears were ninth in points scored per game, which is not all that bad. However, when we look at the context, we need to remember that the Bears defense had a historic year that year with 36 total takeaways. Not only did many of those takeaways lead to a shorter field for the offense, but the defense scored six of their own touchdowns. Without that defense, the team would have averaged scoring fewer points per game.

Well, the majority of Bears fandom and analysts agreed that Mitch Trubisky was the problem. How many wanted to see Nagy with a “legitimate” quarterback under center? How many thought that if Nagy had that “legitimate” quarterback, his offense would not only work but work wonders. We have now seen Mitch Trubisky, Chase Daniel, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields run this offense. However, none of them seem to make it look any different. A Trubisky apology tour then took place.

Last season, when Matt Nagy gave up play-calling in Week 10, the Bears’ offense saw an explosion of efficiency. Bill Lazor was the play-caller heading into the matchup versus the Vikings on November 16, 2020. Many want to give credit to weaker opponents, but the Bears went from averaging 19.8 points per game under Nagy’s play-calling expertise to averaging 27.7 points per game with Lazor calling the plays.

It is a little too early to tell from a points perspective, but in the first three games, the Bears averaged 13.3 points per game. After Matt Nagy gave up play-calling for a second time, the Bears averaged 22 points per game. Clearly, the Bears are better off with Lazor calling the plays but has Nagy proven he cannot be trusted when he took play-calling back after the 2020 season (rumors are he called plays in the Wild Card loss to the Saints)? It just seems like his ego keeps getting in the way despite finding success as just the head coach and not the play-caller.

It appears to me that Nagy is too stubborn to learn from his mistakes as he keeps making the same ones over and over again. I cannot be the only one who sees this (I know, you do too). Ownership and even Ryan Pace have to see this too, right? This has to be another sign that Nagy will not be brought back unless that miracle happens.