The Chicago Bears were reportedly going to fire Matt Nagy on Thanksgiving.
A month has passed and Nagy remains in his role as the Bears continue a tradition as an organization to never fire a coach during the season.
His team did pick up a dramatic win Sunday in Seattle, but the record only jumped to 5-10.
The Bears are in a bad spot and Nagy has seemingly been a lame duck head coach for most of the season.
It has become clear the Bears are going to let him ride out the season.
Nagy is assuming the same, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2021
He is reportedly operating as if his job is safe through the rest of the year.
That seems fair given the history of the franchise.
So what comes next?
One Reason He Is Safe
The Bears have some major decisions to make in a few weeks.
Nagy is only one, as GM Ryan Pace is on the hot seat as well.
If they do decide to fire Pace, a new GM is going to want to pick their own head coach.
Despite a rare #Bears Victory Monday this season the #MattNagy watch continues at Halas Hall. @CarmenDeFalco joined us on #MonsterMonday with his thoughts on an expected coaching change. @cbschicago @ESPN1000 pic.twitter.com/B5QzDGVbLO
— Ryan Baker (@RyanBakerMedia) December 27, 2021
So the Bears may be keeping both individuals around to finish the year as they contemplate some big-picture questions.
Yet it would be silly to assume ownership is going to change their minds about anything over the next two weeks.
Nagy has been in Chicago for four seasons and this is his worst year.
The team’s record has only gotten worse since his debut season in 2018 and Pace has not exactly boosted the roster with talent to win in spite of their head coach.
Pace’s similarly shaky job security has Nagy safe for now.
But once the season ends, expect at least one to go.
And if Pace goes, Nagy has no shot of staying.