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Matt Nagy unlikely to be fired by Chicago Bears during the 2021 season

Matt Johnson
Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy hears fans chanting for him to be fired at Soldier Field, with others screaming it at his son’s high school football game. While many in Chicago might want it, Nagy’s job appears safe for now.

Reports surfaced this week that the Bears planned to part ways with Nagy following the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions, regardless of the result. It created a new distraction for a team already without rookie quarterback Justin Fields and top wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Despite the fan base clamoring for Nagy to be relieved of his duties, it appears the Bears’ organization is willing to let things play out much longer than many are hoping for.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s unlikely that Nag is fired during the 2021 season. Team owner George McCaskey spoke to the locker room this week, assuring everyone that a coaching change isn’t imminent.

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Precedent and team history are important factors to consider. The Bears are one of the oldest franchises in professional sports and in more than 100 years, a head coach has never been fired midseason.

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Nagy’s job is likely even more secure after Thanksgiving. While the victory over the Detroit Lions wasn’t pretty, it will be viewed as a success considering the Bears’ injuries and everything going on around the team.

Rapoport noted Thursday morning that circumstances could change if something ‘unforeseen’ occurs in the weeks ahead. But for now, fans will just have to wait several more weeks before this franchise makes the inevitable move and begins a new coaching search.