Chicago Bears: 5 options to replace Matt Nagy

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Could the Chicago Bears go back to the Kansas City Chiefs?

The Chicago Bears may look to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Andy Reid coaching tree for their next head coach. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. It should certainly sound familiar since that’s exactly how they ended up with Matt Nagy.

However, Eric Bieniemy should not be punished for the sins of those Andy Reid disciples who came before him. Bieniemy is his own person, with his own style, and has earned the praise of his mentor.

In addition, unlike Nagy who was a quarterback by trade, Bieniemy was a running back, and so he likely has a fonder appreciation for the ability to run the football. Reid has called Bieniemy a “phenomenal football coach” and one who really knows the Xs and Os of the game. He has also been characterized as a great communicator and someone who can bring a team together. This is a quality that would be desirable for Bears management, as they would not want to undo the good Nagy has done rebuilding the culture and the locker room.

Bieniemy has been sought after for a couple of years, despite not getting a shot at a head coaching position. That will likely change this year, and some team is going to end up with Reid’s current right-hand man, as Bieniemy has a heavy hand in developing the offensive game plan each week. The only question is, could it be the Bears?