These three candidates should be at the front of the line to replace Matt Nagy as the next head coach of the Chicago Bears.
With a somewhat surprising win over the Seattle Seahawks, maybe the Chicago Bears job just got a bit more enticing?
Look. The Bears are still the Bears, but the right head coach/general manager pairing can turn this underperforming NFC North team around in due time. They have a young franchise quarterback in Justin Fields to build around, as well as a passionate fanbase that would love nothing more than to see this team win big with any great regularity. Chicago is an underrated opening during this cycle.
If the McCaskeys do part ways with Matt Nagy on Black Monday, who could replace him in 2022?
Chicago Bears: 3 prime candidates to replace Matt Nagy as head coach
Former Head Coach Philadelphia Eagles
Doug Pederson will get a job this offseason, possibly reuniting with Nick Foles?
Of any potential head-coaching candidate out there, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will have his choice of pretty much any opening he wants. Pederson wisely took a year off from football to recalibrate and see what other jobs opened up. He could be leading the New York Jets right now. The question is if he would be all that interested in taking over in Chicago.
From a quarterbacking perspective, there is a lot to like with the Bears. Fields had as much, if not more, talent coming out of Ohio State as Carson Wentz did coming out of North Dakota State in 2016. The good news for Pederson is Fields does not seem to be as inherently reckless with the football as Wentz is week in and week out. Plus, Nick Foles is still around as the Bears backup.
What this comes down to for Pederson is if he trusts the Bears organization enough to go there. He only has one more shot to be an NFL head coach, and he cannot mess this up. Pederson could be more inclined to go to more stable organizations in his second go-around as a head coach. However, he could become a coaching legend if he were to be the one to turn the Bears around.
If Pederson is willing to bet on his himself and go to a chaotic situation, then the Bears are a fit.