The Chicago Bears need to make a head-coaching change over Matt Nagy yesterday.
For an offensive-minded coach, his side of the ball has been largely putrid throughout his tenure in Chicago. Even if the Bears traded up to take Justin Fields out of Ohio State at No. 11 this past spring, nothing Nagy has shown over the last few weeks leads us to believe that he needs to be the one in his emerging star quarterback’s ear going forward. Fortunately, there are other options.
The Bears should have probably made a move at head coach last offseason cycle, but here we are.
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Joe Brady may need another year, but he will be getting head-coaching offers
While he is only in his early 30s, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady is poised to be a head coach somewhere, whether that be at a Power Five gig in college or in the NFL. He first came on the scene as the LSU Tigers’ passing game coordinator during that magical 2019 college season. Brady would leave Baton Rouge to become Matt Rhule’s offensive coordinator in 2020.
Though he did interview for some head-coaching gigs last offseason cycle, people know who Brady is. He not only helped Joe Burrow win a Heisman Trophy at LSU, but he has been huge in Sam Darnold’s career turn around in his first year with the Panthers. While Brady will be a head coach before his 35th birthday, we have to wonder if he is a serious candidate for the Bears’ gig.
We know he is going to elevate Fields’ level of play right away. He did it for Burrow, he is doing for Darnold, and he could potentially do it for Fields next season. Though most of his work has been in the southeast, Brady did serve as a graduate assistant for James Franklin at Penn State back in the mid-2010s. Again, Brady is a tad raw as a head-coaching candidate, but he is absolutely one.
If the Bears do not hire him, he could replace Zac Taylor in Cincinnati to reunite with Burrow.