At last, Chicago Bears fans, the time has almost come. The Matt Nagy era is just about over in Chicago — though it lasted one year too long.
While the future of general manager Ryan Pace is still up in the air, and nobody knows whether he will stay, move to a different position, or be fired, the future is pretty clear when it comes to Nagy.
Whether or not he has been informed he’ll be coaching his last game this Sunday, Nagy is toast. Come Monday, he’ll be fired. There is zero doubt about it at this point.
The real question, now, is who will be brought in to replace Nagy? Coaching searches get real interesting nowadays, because you don’t truly know how a seemingly-great coordinator will pan out as a head coach. Just take Nagy himself as an example, or even Vic Fangio.
Probably the biggest name in the rumor mill right now, in terms of a Bears coaching candidate, is current Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. And, as of recently, Harbaugh could actually be interested in Chicago.
A new report suggests that Jim Harbaugh could have interest in the Chicago Bears coaching job.
According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman , Harbaugh may be interested in the void left by Matt Nagy. Feldman went on the Rich Eisen Podcast and confirmed the rumors that Harbaugh would be most interested in the Las Vegas Raiders’ coaching vacancy, but that Chicago could also be in the cards.
"“In addition, there’s another franchise that he knows very well, that he has some, from what I’m told, some really positive feelings towards people there. And that’s in Chicago with the Bears.”"
Harbaugh, of course, should have great feelings about the Bears overall. He spent seven seasons as the quarterback there from 1987 to 1993.
Harbaugh would bring the tough, disciplined type of coaching style to Chicago which has clearly been lacking for a while now. The Bears have seen players struggle with tempers, attitudes and penalties over Nagy’s tenure.
That wouldn’t be the case with Harbaugh.
Additionally, Harbaugh’s experience with quarterbacks is hard to ignore. His ability to get the best out of every quarterback he’s coached is something the Bears will look at when evaluating him as a candidate.
The most important thing for the team’s next head coach will be to develop franchise quarterback Justin Fields, without question. That’s priority number one.
That could also be part of the reason why Harbaugh would be interested in coaching the Bears. Not only is he familiar with the city, but he would jump at the chance to develop a quarterback like Fields.
We’ll see what the next 72 hours hold as things become a bit clearer, but Harbaugh is definitely in the running for Chicago.