The Chicago Bears made some huge moves on the first day of their offseason. Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace are both gone so the team is now looking at candidates for their replacements. There are some really interesting names available for both spots.
For the head coach, there are even a couple of names that became available on the same day as Nagy. One of them is Brian Flores who was just fired by the Miami Dolphins after failing to make the postseason. They went on a nice little winning streak this season but it wasn’t enough to get in.
Following his dismissal (along with the Nagy news), there are of course some people that make the connection between Flores and the Bears. That would be a disaster of an idea. The Chicago Bears need to worry about developing Justin Fields as their top priority and Flores doesn’t seem to be the right guy for that job.
Flores had Tua Tagovailoa as his primary quarterback in Miami but he liked to play games. Instead of letting Tua play so he can take his bumps and bruises, he would bench him and then start him and then bench him and then start him. He never had any continuity. It also never seemed like the two got along either which didn’t help.
The Chicago Bears need to avoid hiring Brian Flores as Matt Nagy’s replacement.
Flores also was really into trading for Deshaun Watson. That would be an upgrade over Tua (it would be an upgrade over most QBs in the NFL) but making it public the way that they have is not a good look. It didn’t help with the relationship between the quarterback and coach especially.
We know about Watson’s off-the-field stuff as well so wanting him over Tua was strange. It is definitely a good thing that they let Flores go in Miami, especially if they do end up trying to develop Tagovailoa into an NFL star.
If Flores came to Chicago, the worry would be that he tries to pull some of this stuff with Justin Fields. That would honestly be the worst possible thing that this organization can do. They have never developed an elite quarterback and this is their best chance. They need to hire someone who can make that happen.
Flores is not a bad football coach. Most of his players in Miami seemed to like him but he would just be a bad fit for the 2022 Chicago Bears with what they are trying to do. Hopefully, the Bears consider someone who helps them advance the offense and get back into the playoffs with a chance to compete for championships.