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Potential candidates to replace Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy

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Despite two playoff appearances in four seasons, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has been at the helm of a lackluster, inconsistent regime. Nagy began his tenure in Chicago as a spontaneous, creative-minded coach who had the propensity to spice up the offense. Moreover, the Bears kept their opponents at bay through unique schemes and personnel.

In 2018, the Bears were one missed field goal away from heading to its first NFC Championship Game since 2010. Although it wasn’t Nagy kicking, his decision to retain Cody Parkey despite inefficiencies represent his coaching faults.

Since the conclusion of the 2018 season, Chicago is 19-23 under Nagy and has lost five consecutive games following Sunday’s ugly defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. It led to Bears fans chanting “fire Matt Nagy” inside Soldier Field.

While it’s unlikely Nagy will be fired ahead of Thanksgiving’s matchup with the Lions, the Bears’ future won’t include him. With the future beginning now, Chicago should weigh its options in order to move in an upward direction. Here’s a look at a few options to replace him in Chicago.

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Chicago Bears replace Matt Nagy with Brian Daboll (OC, Buffalo Bills)

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Immediately, a feasible coaching candidate for the Bears would be Brian Daboll. The Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator has proven his craft at every level of football. Daboll has been on the coaching staff of five Super Bowl-winning teams. He was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Alabama when the Crimson Tide won the College Football Playoff (2017).

Daboll’s influence on the success of Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen is evident. Last season, Allen threw for at least 300 yards nine times. Daboll offers a pass-heavy scheme with down-field targets and yards after the catch.

Daboll may be the key to helping Fields unlock his Russell Wilson potential. He creates a healthy diet of the run game into Buffalo’s menacing offense. However, the Bears will not be the only team that has Daboll on its radar this offseason.

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Chicago Bears hire Kellen Moore (OC, Dallas Cowboys)

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Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore talks with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after a touchdown in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest surprises this season is the offensive explosion that is the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas tops the league in yards-per-game (433.9) and points-per-game (31.6). Despite the immense talent on the offensive side of the ball, former quarterback Kellen Moore is receiving notoriety for their success.

Last spring, Moore was in consideration for the Eagles’ coaching vacancy, but experience may have been a reason why he was overlooked.

In particular, Dak Prescott has taken large steps forward while working with Moore. To be clear, the talent has been present on the Dallas sideline over the past few seasons. Perhaps Moore’s maturity and increased experience have played a role in the relentless, well-balanced Dallas offense.

Although one successful season does not necessarily equal a promotion, Moore’s potential shimmers and very well could be an NFL head coach over the next three seasons. Similar to his relationship with Prescott, could Moore ignite the best in Justin Fields? Remember, Bengals’ head coach Zac Taylor spent just one season as a quarterbacks coach before taking over in Cincinnati.

Matt Nagy replaced with Eric Bieniemy (OC, Kansas City Chiefs)

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Andy Reid has a lot of branches on his coaching tree. Soon enough, another sector may flourish. Eric Bieniemy has been primed to lead an NFL team over the past three seasons. Critics claim Bieniemy to only be a “titleholder”, with Reid making many of the offensive decisions. However, if he was truly lacking contribution, Kansas City wouldn’t keep an offensive coordinator around just to fill a coaching roster spot.

One reason for keeping him from the head coaching club would be his questionable past. While at Colorado, Bieniemy was allegedly involved in an altercation at a bar after being called a racial slur. His license has also been suspended multiple times following driving infractions. Vance Joseph, who was also involved in a Colorado scandal, has been allotted a head coaching opportunity.

Do the Bears want to bring in a coach with a spotty past into a fiesta media circus that is Chicago? It’s at their discretion.

Ultimately, it’s been over 20 years since Bieniemy has acted inappropriately and has maintained the utmost integrity throughout his coaching career.

The one red flag of a Bieniemy hiring would be Chicago repeating its process of picking a coordinator from the Andy Reid tree. One thing is certain, it would’ve been intriguing to see how Patrick Mahomes’ career would’ve unfolded with Matt Nagy calling plays in Kansas City.

Nagy’s contract looms, but his time is ticking

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Although Matt Nagy still has one year remaining on his contract, there are still viable options to fulfill his position. If Chicago wants to delve into Justin Fields’ full potential, a coaching change is imminent.

The rookie quarterback’s ceiling for success is too high to take for granted. Nagy has gotten everything he has wanted throughout his time in Chicago. Moreover, the Bears have declined over the last four three seasons with Nagy leading the charge.