The Chicago Bears moved on from head coach Matt Nagy after four seasons at the helm. While Nagy didn’t have a losing season until this year and had two playoff appearances in his first three seasons, his handling of Mitchell Trubisky and Justin Fields ultimately led to the end of his tenure in Chicago.
Chicago also fired general manager Ryan Pace, so it will be a clean slate for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2010 season. The Bears do have a young quarterback in Fields that’s heading into his second season and a crop of young offensive talent led by David Montgomery and Darnell Mooney. Chicago’s defense — led by Roquan Smith — finished sixth in yards allowed this season, so this is a franchise that can turn things around quickly (if Fields can be developed right).
The Bears are in a major market and in the NFC North, which isn’t very good outside of the Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings just cleaned out their front office and coaching staff while the Detroit Lions are in the midst of a rebuild, so there’s an opportunity to win immediately.
With the Bears one of six teams searching for a new head coach, here are the top candidates for Chicago’s vacancy.
All of a sudden the Bears have an opportunity to hire one of the top head coaches on the market in Flores, whom the Dolphins surprisingly fired after a 9-8 season. Flores is the only head coach to start a season 1-7 and finish with a winning record (2021), as the Dolphins went 24-25 in his three seasons — with two winning campaigns. Flores went 24-18 in his final 42 games as a head coach.
Flores had his issues in handing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and had numerous personnel changes, including four offensive coordinators, two defensive coordinators, and four offensive line coaches in his three seasons on the job. While Flores was able to win in Miami (the first head coach to have…