The Chicago Bears lost the game but won in other ways. The move to fire head coach Matt Nagy was one of them, with general manager Ryan Pace taking over for at least this season.
The “nfl news” is reporting that the Bears are not going to be able to keep head coach Matt Nagy. The team will fire him on Monday morning after their narrow Thanksgiving victory over the Lions.
What a week it’s been for the Chicago Bears’ organization. After the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions, reports surfaced that head coach Matt Nagy had been fired.
Then came allegations that such claims were incorrect, and Nagy called a practice cancellation only days before a game. On Thanksgiving, the Bears almost survived the winless Lions courtesy to a last-second Cairo Santos field goal.
Despite the triumph, Nagy’s departure is a foregone conclusion.
The Bears recently beat a Lions club that had no victories and was without D’Andre Swift.
In addition to the defeat, the Lions lost their standout running back D’Andre Swift to a shoulder injury late in the first half. The Lions will face the Vikings on Sunday.
November 25, 2021 — Stephania Bell (@Stephania ESPN)
For the first time since their reunion, Jared Goff and Josh Reynolds connected on a touchdown throw to give the Lions an early lead. However, Dan Campbell’s task was made much more difficult when running back D’Andre Swift injured his shoulder and was forced to leave the game.
So, despite Detroit’s offensive limitations, the Bears came out on top by two points. Sure, Justin Fields was absent, but that’s no excuse.
The Lions are a bad club, plain and simple, and the Bears struggled to develop any kind of rhythm throughout the game. Andy Dalton threw for 317 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, but the rushing game was non-existent, with David Montgomery gaining just 46 yards on 17 runs.
After scoring 13 points in the second quarter, Chicago was kept scoreless until Santos’ right leg made the game-winning field goal. That is a significant worry.
Matt Nagy won the game, but he didn’t help himself in the process.
Matt Nagy’s offense is the only one in the NFL capable of making the Lions’ defense look good.
Ryan Fedrau (@the fed 23) (@the fed 23) (@the fed 23) (@the fed_ 25 November 2021
It’s hardly a good omen that the Bears scored just 16 points against the NFL’s weakest club. It’s also perplexing that the Bears only scored one touchdown and went almost two quarters without scoring.
With Dalton as the starter, Nagy finally got his wish, as the Red Rifle threw for more over 300 yards. However, he averaged just over eight yards per throw attempt, indicating that his yardage total isn’t as outstanding as the box score suggests.
Matt Nagy is having a good day. In the grand scheme of things, you’ll still need more than 16 points against the Lions, but he should appreciate receiving the game ball. #Bears https://t.co/SMlU96wsyS
November 25, 2021 — Anthony Herron (@BigAntHerron)
This Bears team should have annihilated the Lions, particularly after Detroit’s first-half loss of Swift. Despite being far from 100% healthy, Goff led for virtually the entire second half.
The Bears would have been the first team this season to lose to the Lions if it hadn’t been for the Lions’ dreadful play, and Nagy would have seen the door slam shut behind him on his way out.
At some time, the Windy City will undergo changes.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy | Nic Antaya/Getty Images
Can you believe this Bears club was in the playoffs only one season ago?
Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles were hot-and-cold quarterbacks who bungled their way into the playoffs before falling in the first round.
This time, though, that will not be the case. Nagy deserves to be fired, and he will most likely be at the conclusion of the season. However, there is a case to be made for Ryan Pace, the general manager, to be fired as well.
Start again, recruit new faces all around, and trust Fields and this youthful bunch of weapons to turn over Chicago’s troubled period.
Ryan Pace is more to blame than Matt Nagy for the #Bears’ present predicament. He’s been terrible at his job for a long time and can’t be allowed to appoint his third #NFL coach (yep, he’s the one who hired John Fox).
November 24, 2021 — Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23)
After the season, the Bears may part ways with both Pace and Nagy. Sure, a victory is a win, but edging out the NFL’s poorest team isn’t reassuring.
It’s just a matter of time until Nagy and Pace are fired, and the Thanksgiving win gives them some time at Halas Hall.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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