The Chicago Bears finally did the inevitable Monday morning by firing head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace.
This does not come as much of a surprise given all the rumors surrounding both individuals for much of the season.
Chicago limped to a 6-11 finish, Justin Fields did not show great progression, and neither the coach nor the GM did much to enhance the team for several years.
Waiting until Monday to make this official speaks to how the Bears run their organization.
But that isn’t stopping fans from letting their thoughts be known now that the news is official.
— Colin Sanberg (@csanberg) January 10, 2022
NFL World Reacts To The Bears Making Big Changes
The biggest reaction of all comes from Bears fans expressing great relief.
I can’t believe I am free from the shackles of Nagy and Pace.
— Jake Karmel (@jakekarmel) January 10, 2022
Bears fire Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace 🙌🏾 clean slate!!!! I might start playing madden again 😂
— BMG Slim (@SlimDaGod_) January 10, 2022
— Nate Branch (@NateDogg__83) January 10, 2022
Nagy showed up in 2018 and went 12-4 to win Coach of the Year honors.
Yet the Bears lost in the playoffs on the infamous “double doink” field goal and nothing was ever the same.
Former No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky started to regress and that alone doomed both Nagy and Pace.
Passing on Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes for Mitch trubisky and settling for Justin fields should disqualify both of these guys from any nfl position for life 😂 https://t.co/XFQxRsCWtb
— gaston 山羊 (@gastongonzaalez) January 10, 2022
There were actual consequences for drafting Mitch Trubisky pic.twitter.com/vpS9edBCSS
— Arthur Wong, of the Mars Wongs. (@TiredPlaneteer) January 10, 2022
Ryan Pace's legacy:
– Paying $15 million per year for Mike Glennon
– Making one of the worst draft-day deals in NFL history to move up one spot for Trubisky
– Trading for Khalil Mack (a good trade, imo, but he's being squandered)
– Completely neglecting the offensive line https://t.co/hZn3BYxgxH
— Schlasser (@UrinatingTree) January 10, 2022
Bears fans are happy, but firing a head coach and a GM represents a major reset for any organization.
A new philosophy is coming to town, just like it did when Nagy took over for John Fox in 2018.
The key now is to find a coach to enhance the abilities of Justin Fields, and a GM who can surround him with the proper talent.
Nagy AND Pace gone. THANK GOD. they actually did it.
please please i beg you bring in real adult winning pedigree GM and Coach to build around Justin Fields and give us a 12 year run at contending like we should have in Chicago.
— Yuri Gagarin (@YuriGag62230377) January 10, 2022
Bears fire Matt Nagy and the worst GM in football Ryan Pace. Glorious day in Chicago.
I’m all in for Jim Harbaugh as next Bears coach. He will help develop Justin Fields and he’s a proven winner in both NFL and college.
Harbaugh is a big name for a big mkt team like Da Bears.
— Will Meade (@realwillmeade) January 10, 2022
Wow!!! The Bears are cleaning house. Good on their part. They had no choice but to get new management. Start fresh with Justin Fields and keep adding to the decent roster that the Bears have and maybe they make the playoffs next season. Who knows. #NFLTwitter https://t.co/BWBkFdgnRa
— John sacco (@John_Sacco94) January 10, 2022
The leadership of Nagy and Pace saw the Bears reach the playoffs twice.
Yet the team lost both games and the Bears don’t have a postseason win since the 2010 season.
The franchise is now in another state of transition and ownership has to be sure to pair up the right coach and GM.
As for Nagy and Pace, they must try to rebuild their respective reputations after a tough tenure in Chicago.