These five coaches should be on the Chicago Bears head coach shortlist

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The Chicago Bears finally did what we have been screaming for since the middle of the 2020 NFL season. This league is all about what people have done for me lately, and well, the Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace era fell off drastically after the 2018 glory season. Despite the offense never being better than average that season, a historic defense helped lead the team into the infamous “double-doink” game. Now, we can turn our backs on that time in our lives and finally move forward.

Honestly, I shouldn’t be surprised that the Chicago Bears took this long to remove Matt Nagy. The hope was that they could get a jump on things prior to the end of the year due to the new rule changes that allow teams to interview coaching candidates virtually during the final two weeks of the season. The problem was always who would be doing the hiring. Now, there are multiple head coaching vacancies as the NFL 2022 Black Monday is upon us.

Chicago Bears fire Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace on this NFL 2022 Black Monday

My gut is telling me that the Chicago Bears will move through this process rather quickly. If I was a betting man, I’d guess we know who will be running this team within two weeks. Now that the George McCaskey clown show is over and we know that literally, nothing has changed — I don’t buy the George McCaskey isn’t going to lean on Ted Phillips for football decisions behind the scenes. Today felt exactly the same as it did last year with the plus that Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace were actually fired this time.

I have been going through all of the potential coaching candidates that I think are worth mentioning (Brian Flores wasn’t on that list since he wasn’t fired until today). I’m going to do one final stock report hopefully by the end of this week, but I wanted to put together my shortlist. The bad news is that the team is scheduled to interview guys I have on my “do not draft” list, but they also have at least one name on my shortlist. Let us hope for the best here! In reverse order…

*Wait, I need to point out that I’m not including Sean Payton who would easily be the top choice here for me, but I just don’t see it being possible.