With the Chicago Bears off to a 3-6 start to the 2021 regular season, they are potentially in trouble. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-27 on Monday night football because of a missed Cairo Santos 65-yard field goal attempt, it appears as if Chicago needs a new head coach for 2022 to help out rookie quarterback Justin Fields.
Matt Nagy has been crucified by fans on Twitter and all over the media. The Chicago media newspapers are calling for his job this morning. Not only will Nagy be fired, but general manager Ryan Pace will also be shown the door despite making the playoffs the past two of three years.
Chicago does not have a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft because they traded it away to the New York Giants. That was a part of the trade that helped the Chicago Bears select quarterback Justin Fields 11th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Bears have hope and optimism with Justin Fields for the immediate future. He completed 17-of-29 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Justin Fields also rushed for 45 yards on eight carries. Fields threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney with 1:46 remaining in regulation. It gave Chicago a lead temporarily, but the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the game-winning field goal by Chris Boswell from 40 yards out with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.
With Matt Nagy potentially being shown the door after the season, who should the Chicago Bears hire as their head coach for the 2022 season and beyond?
1. Kellen Moore: Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator: Kellen Moore is going to be one of the hot names that come up for a potential head coaching job after this season. The only way Moore does not go elsewhere in 2022 is if the Dallas Cowboys elevate him as the head coach replacing Mike McCarthy. Also, the work Moore has done with Dak Prescott, he could use those same offensive concepts with Justin Fields on rollout plays.
2. Eric Bieniemy, Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator: Eric Bieniemy has done wonders with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. Bieniemy is long overdue to be a head coach. He would do wonders with Justin Fields also. Andy Reid is a quarterback whisperer and maybe Bieniemy would maybe do the same thing.
3. Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator: Leftwich has had Tom Brady to work with recently, but developing that relationship with Brady could help him with other players when taking on a bigger responsibility. Byron Leftwich is learning from one of the best in Bruce Arians. Justin Fields would learn a lot of good things from Byron Leftwich.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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