We are at that time of the year where the NFL coaching carousel really starts revving up.
The Chicago Bears are expected to be in that mix as Matt Nagy is not likely to come back as head coach in 2022. For the past three years, his offense has basically been nonexistent as the current squad is averaging the fewest passing yards per game of any team in the NFL (169.8 ypg), the lowest total any team has put up since 2018.
NFL insider Albert Breer is making social media go nuts when he released his weekly mailbag column for Sports Illustrated and stated the Bears might want to replace Matt Nagy with non other than current New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
“I think Josh McDaniels is one worth keeping your eye on, someone with a high-end résumé in quarterback development, and a coach who took a very hard look at Fields predraft last year,” Breer wrote about the Bears’ potential coaching search on December 1, before dropping this bomb:
“Or maybe the McCaskey family will take a big swing at someone like Sean Payton, who worked with GM Ryan Pace in New Orleans and is from Chicago.”
Payton and the Saints agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2026, and he makes close to $13 million per year, which means the Bears would have to pay top notch money to bring him aboard.
The Saints are currently 5-7 on the year while the Bears are 4-7. Not the biggest difference in records, but the Saints were much better when Jameis Winston didn’t lose his season to an injury.
The Bears have a young promising QB in Justin Fields that can certainly use his expertise to turn into the QB the franchise thinks he can be. That is just not happening with Nagy.