The Chicago Bears announced Monday morning, January 10, 2022 that they have relieved general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy of their duties. The announcement was made one day after concluding their disappointing 2021 season and a 31-17 loss to the Vikings.
Ryan Pace was hired to replace Phil Emery in 2015. Ryan Pace compiled records of 48-65 in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs in seven years as Bears general manager.
During Pace’s tenure, the Chicago Bears had one winning season. Under coach John Fox from 2015-17, they went 6-10, 3-13 and 5-11. In Nagy’s first year in 2018, they rebounded to win the NFC North title with a 12-4 record. After the season, Pace was named NFL Executive of the Year and Nagy was chosen NFL Coach of the Year.
However, the Chicago Bears stalled after that winning season, and failed to build off their success. The Chicago Bears followed with seasons of 8-8, 8-8 and 6-11, dropping Nagy’s career record to 34-33, including playoffs.
Since a 5-1 start in 2020, the Bears have lost 19 of 28 games, including a 21-9 wild-card playoff defeat to the New Orleans Saints last season at New Orleans. After a 3-2 start this year, they dropped nine of their final 12 games rounding out the 2021 NFL season.
Prior to serving as Chicago Bears head coach, Nagy spent five seasons as Chiefs quarterbacks coach (2013-15) and offensive coordinator (2016-17). Nagy was entrusted by the Chicago Bears with building a potent offense and developing a franchise quarterback. However, the offense struggled throughout most of his four seasons, with the Bears ranking ninth, 29th, 22nd and 26th in scoring and 21st, 29th, 26th and 28th in yards, according to Chicago Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer.
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