Chicago Bears: 10 Matt Nagy replacements to start watching closely

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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy could be replaced by Mike McDaniel

One of the more underrated names who could surface amongst NFL head coaching circles is San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel. This season is his first as the offensive coordinator, however he has been the team’s run game coordinator since 2017.

Anyone who knows Kyle Shanahan knows that he loves to run the football, and it has never mattered who the running back is on any given Sunday. Shanahan’s Niners have made their living in the run game, and rarely stray away from the game plan.

Whether it’s been Carlos Hyde, Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, or even most recently Elijah Mitchell, to name a few, the Niners have been able to run the football with anybody in this scheme.

McDaniel has now spent over four years running this scheme and has become very good at it. If he were to be given a shot in Chicago, he’d have two very talented backs to work with in David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert, plus a young, mobile quarterback to run the ball with as well.

He’s not the first name to come up, but McDaniel is a sneaky candidate who would bring a tough, hard-nosed running philosophy to the Bears — a philosophy he would never abandon, either.