A turnaround, a promising future and an NFC North crown have been led to with the 2018 Chicago Bears season and together with that haul got here Matt Nagy being acknowledged as AP Coach of the 12 months.
Issues change rapidly within the NFL and on Sunday, following a lopsided 41-25 loss to the archrival Inexperienced Bay Packers that was the Bears’ fifth defeat in a row, Nagy was fielding questions on his job safety and acknowledged he is not involved.
“No, I am not,” he mentioned via the Chicago Sun-Times’ Jason Lieser.
Chicago (5-6) started its season at 5-1, however many doubted the validity of its report because the offense struggled regardless of victories, which all got here by single-score margins with 4 towards groups at the moment below .500.
Nagy made the swap from former first-rounder Mitchell Trubisky throughout an eventual win to the Falcons, a comeback effort spurred by Nick Foles. Foles’ finest displaying was the aid look although and the offense sputtered about with Nagy finally ceding offensive play-calling duties to Invoice Lazor. After two video games with Lazor calling performs, nothing has modified. There’s been shuffling, however the outcomes have remained the identical.
With a bye week squeezed in between, the Bears misplaced to the Vikings in Week 10 and did not have an offensive landing and fell to the Packers on Sunday evening in a sport that was basically determined by halftime because the Packers raced out to a 27-3 lead. An offensive coach emanating from the Andy Reid teaching tree, Nagy has completed little to quell the Bears’ offensive ills as they entered Sunday ranked thirty first in whole offense. Following a 25-point effort with 351 whole yards, possibly that rating will enhance a bit, however the overwhelming majority of the Bears’ offensive numbers got here after the sport was out of hand.
“We perceive the place we’re at, and when you may have video games like this, you have gotta soul search,” Nagy mentioned. “You have gotta have the ability to cease the bleeding. There is a couple instructions you may go.
“However my job as a frontrunner is to ensure that they perceive that. Clearly the final 5 weeks have been extraordinarily troublesome. It is not enjoyable. All of us need to win. However the one cause why I am right here is to struggle and to steer, and that is what I believe is most necessary throughout these occasions. Whenever you undergo these occasions, how do you reply? I believe that is the take a look at of true character.”
Sadly for Nagy, how a lot time he has remaining to steer the Bears has come into query and the outcomes are doing him no favors.