Matt Nagy’s Days With the Bears May be Numbered

Matt Nagy's Days With the Bears May be Numbered

According to an NFL insider, the Chicago Bears have already begun to look for potential successors to Matt Nagy. The top candidate is reported to be Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.

Jon Zaghoul of Sports Talk Chicago was joined by Benjamin Allbright, an NFL insider, on Friday, who said that the Bears are putting together a list of potential head coaches they would like to interview. Allbright claims Nagy is “100%” fired at the conclusion of the season.

The insider stated that he had spoken to people and that the Bears have begun background checks on possible replacements. He predicted that Brian Daboll would be the “leader in the clubhouse” during the program.

No Shock in Chicago

It is not surprising that the Bears have already begun to get names together in preparation for Nagy’s firing. The team, now 3-5, should have a list of potential candidates for interviews, regardless of whether or not there is a change. It is also noteworthy that Allbright named Daboll as his top choice. He tweeted two weeks ago a similar claim that Daboll would be the Bears’ top coach if there were any changes.

Over the past 20 years, Daboll has coached various positions for multiple NFL and college teams, including stints with the New England Patriots and New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Alabama Crimson Tide. He is now with the Bills. He is currently the coordinator of the NFL’s top-scoring offense with MVP-candidate Josh Allen.

The Bills’ offenses have improved each year, and Allen has transformed from a project quarterback to a superstar. The Bills won the NFC East division with a record of 13-3, finishing in the top five in almost every statistical category.

New Faces Already Lining Up

Daboll is a great offensive coordinator, and Allbright thinks he would make a good head coach in the NFL. He said, “I’ve spoken with coach Daboll a few times; he’s a nice guy…I believe in him. I think he’s probably the best hire in this coming offseason.”

Allbright mentioned that the Bears might interview Vance Joseph, the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, who is also a former head coach of the Denver Broncos. However, Allbright maintains his belief in Daboll being their top choice.

Half of the NFL season is still to go, and there’s no way to know what the future holds. But the Bears may make a quick decision about their head coach this winter.

In the meantime, Nagy will continue to try to prove his worth, a challenge made more difficult by his recent COVID-19 diagnosis. He was forced to miss the Bears’ game against the San Francisco 49ers last week because he had tested positive, but is now back on the sideline. Chris Tabor, the Bears’ special teams coordinator, subbed for him while he was gone, although it didn’t help, as Chicago took a loss to San Fran, 33-22.

Nagy was just one of several team members to have been flagged for COVID-19 recently. He followed players Jimmy Graham and Robert Quinn, as well as receivers coach Mike Furrey.

 


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