Patrick Finley of the Sun-Times describes the chaotic week of the Bears:
The Bears last week was …
On their own – both because the team lost to Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley and because executives failed to shoot Patch.com’s report that Matt Nagy would be fired quickly enough to avoid any distraction.
Who or what is to blame for bear week?
Losing to a backup quarterback, at home, after a bye. If the Bears’ defense didn’t crumble in last practice Sunday – it’s remarkable that two of the defensive backs involved in the 29-yard blast blanket didn’t play a single defensive snap four days later – questions about the Nagy’s employment status would not have carried the same immediacy.
Did Nagy handle it well?
Many of Nagy’s missteps this season have been due to her inability to say the right thing at the right time. But this week has been one of Nagy’s best moments in front of the crowd. He recognized the reality that his job is in jeopardy this year – “When you lose five games in a row you get it, and when you have 3-7 you know what territory you can enter,” he said. declared – then won a game, albeit in an ugly way.
Who is most responsible for the Bears’ infuriating season?
Separating GM Ryan Pace from Nagy – or vice versa – inherently relieves one or the other of any responsibility. The Bears made it clear in January that the two were linked. Pace did nothing to change that.
Nagy will he hold the rest of the season? Why or why not?
The McCaskeys have never fired anyone mid-season, but they highly value the Packers’ rivalry. If he’s embarrassed at Lambeau Field in two weeks, he won’t hold out.
What will the Bears’ final record be?
7-10. Nagy is 5-1 against the Vikings all-time. To date, the Bears have a better record than the Seahawks or Giants.
If I owned the Bears for the next six weeks, my master plan would be …
I would give President / CEO Ted Phillips a role that would oversee the Arlington Heights stadium project and other commercial ventures. I’d hire a soccer czar to oversee the GM and coach – and let him decide whether Pace should stay in a role that inherently has less power. Wanting his own head coach, the Tsar would sack Nagy at the end of the year. While we’re at it: I’d get rid of the orange jerseys – I was running the Bears, not a low-level ACC team – and switch from Diet Rite in the press box.