Chicago Bears: No Matt Nagy against 49ers sets table for a firing

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As the Chicago Bears have prepared all week without head coach Matt Nagy in the building, it now looks as though they will not have him on Sunday when they take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Nagy is set to coach from home in Week 8, which is a curious proposition. Instead of allowing Chris Tabor to continue his interim duties, it’s suggested that Nagy will be in communication with the coaching staff on Sunday while at home.

Now, just how much communication remains to be seen. It will be a tough task for Nagy to stay up to speed in real time on Sunday, therefore my bet is that Tabor assumes the head coaching role while Nagy is available if needed.

With Nagy at home on Sunday, it certainly begs the question: what happens if the Bears go out and play their best game of the season while beating San Francisco?

If the Chicago Bears beat the 49ers in Week 8, it will be an indictment on Matt Nagy.

To this point, the Bears have averaged a measly 124 passing yards per game and just 255 yards of offense overall, both of which rank last in the NFL. Therefore, to go out and play their best game of the season wouldn’t be all that difficult.

Let’s get specific. What would happen if Fields throws for 250 yards, a couple of touchdowns and the Bears score a minimum of 25 points?

While for an average team, this might be an every week type of thing, it would be a first for the Bears this season. Chicago has not scored more than 24 points in a game all year, and have scored 14 points or less in four of seven games.

For the Bears to go out and look the best they’ve looked all season against the 49ers would be a huge message sent to Matt Nagy. That message would read something like, “we don’t need you.”

It would only cement what almost the entire football world has been screaming for weeks now. Nagy is not an NFL head coach. He is holding his offense back, namely Justin Fields. The development of Fields should be a top priority, yet Nagy has completely failed his rookie in every aspect.

Fields has been sacked more than any other quarterback in football and is in the bottom third of quarterbacks in terms of time to throw — which would debunk the myth that Fields holds the ball too long, I might add.

Offensive linemen continue to look clueless when trying to figure out who to block. Edge rushers are getting free passes at Fields on a regular basis. All in all, Nagy’s coaching has nearly gotten his rookie killed out there.

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So, if Fields goes out and plays a relatively clean game, the Bears win and he looks good, then that has to mean the organization thinks a whole lot harder about firing Nagy in-season.

We can only hope Sunday unfolds this way.