3 Head Coaches the Bears Can Hire to Replace Matt Nagy

Max Staley
The Chicago Bears' offensive struggles could lead to the team hiring a new coach this offseason.
The Chicago Bears' offensive struggles could lead to the team hiring a new coach this offseason. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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The Chicago Bears' offense is once again among the worst in the NFL. After being the league's fourth-worst scoring offense in 2019, Chicago is currently the second-worst scoring unit in 2020. The New York Jets are the only team the Bears are outscoring this season.

Any time you're mentioned in the same breath as an Adam Gase-led offense, changes need to be made. Here are three coaches Chicago should hire to replace Matt Nagy this offseason.

3. Eric Bieniemy, Offensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Bieniemy is likely to be one of the league's hottest head coaching candidates this offseason thanks to his excellent work on the Kansas City Chiefs. Normally, that would make him a logical option for the Bears to target. But Nagy was also hired after an excellent stint as Andy Reid's offensive coordinator in KC, which may give Bears fans reason for concern. Still, it's hard to argue with the results. The Chiefs have been a top-five scoring offensive in each of his three seasons as the team's OC. Bieniemy absolutely deserves to be a head coach, and the Bears would be foolish not to consider hiring him.

2. Todd Bowles, Defensive Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Alternatively, Chicago could embrace its roots and hire a hard-nosed, defensive-minded coach. Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Todd Bowles would be a perfect fit. Bowles' defense was extremely underrated last year, ranking No. 29 in points against but No. 6 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metrics. The reason for that gap was the erratic play of then-Bucs QB Jameis Winston, who threw 30 picks and constantly put the team in horrible situations. With a competent hand at the wheel in Tom Brady, Tampa Bay now ranks No. 1 in DVOA and is the league's No. 8 scoring defense. Bowles' tenure as New York Jets head coach certainly wasn't that inspiring, but his 24-40 record there and 10-win season in 2015 look a whole lot better when you consider how the team has looked under his replacement, Adam Gase.

1. Joe Brady, Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers

There aren't many coordinators generating more buzz than Joe Brady. Working as the passing game coordinator for the LSU Tigers in 2019, Brady helped create arguably the most dominant offense the NCAA has ever seen. And he picked up right where he left off now that he's the Carolina Panthers' OC. Brady's innovative offensive approach has the Panthers sitting at No. 8 in offensive DVOA despite the fact that superstar RB Christian McCaffrey has missed most of the year. And no one is going to mistake Teddy Bridgewater for an elite QB any time soon (though he's solid). Even though he hasn't always worked with elite players, Brady has dramatically improved every offense he's been with over the last two seasons. That makes him a perfect candidate for a Chicago team that needs to account for a lack of talent on that side of the ball. If the Bears want to turn their offense around in a hurry, Brady could be their man.


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