3 Dark Horse Replacements for Matt Nagy

Larry Rupp
The Chicago Bears' constant struggles may mean Matt Nagy's time as the head coach has come to an end.
The Chicago Bears' constant struggles may mean Matt Nagy's time as the head coach has come to an end. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
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The Chicago Bears are struggling to make it through the 2020 NFL season with any resemblance of hope as the team has now lost five consecutive games and is quickly disappearing from the NFC playoff hunt. The fans will need someone to blame for this dismal season, and that could easily be Matt Nagy.

Nagy's time as the Bears' Head Coach may be coming to an end and someone will need to be hired in his place. Here are three dark horse replacements that could end up coaching the Bears next season.

1. Brandon Staley, Defensive Coordinator, Los Angeles Rams

Brandon Staley is a dark horse candidate that made his start with the Bears and has since become one of the best defensive-minded coaches in the NFL. Staley started as the outside linebackers coach for the Bears back in 2017 and helped players like Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd shine. In his first season as the Rams' defensive coordinator, Staley has masterminded one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Rams are currently giving up just 19.5 points per game (T-No. 3 in the NFL) and are averaging 3.1 sacks per game (No. 4 in the NFL). Staley has obvious ties to the Bears coaching staff and Chicago has built a reputation for hiring defensive-minded coaches. Staley seems to fit that bill and could be just the guy they are looking for.

2. Arthur Smith, Offensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans

Another dark horse replacement would be Arthur Smith. Smith has been with the Tennessee Titans since 2011, but recently took over the offense in 2019. under his direction, the offense jumped all the way up to 10th in the league in scoring last season and made the AFC championship game. His claim to fame may be how he worked with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and revitalized his career. Tannehill was labeled as a bust by many people, but has turned his career around with a 15-6 record as the Titans' starting quarterback. This should be intriguing for the Bears as Smith is the type of coach that could help Mitchell Trubisky improve and become the quarterback the Bears expected him to be when they drafted him in the first round just three years ago. The Bears offense has been dreadful this season and Smith could be the answer to changing that for the better.

3. Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach, University of Michigan

One name continually being floated around in the coaching circuit is Jim Harbaugh. As the current head coach for the Michigan Wolverines, Harbaugh has struggled in the college game, but is a popular candidate to return to NFL coaching as soon as next season. He has had success before as he coached the San Francisco 49ers all the way to the NFC championship game in each of his first three seasons. Harbaugh also has ties to the Bears as he made 65 starts as the team's starting quarterback from 1987-1993. His proven track record in the NFL may cause him to be a popular name across the league this offseason, but it's possible the bears make a big splash and hire him to try and rebuild this team.


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