Remember the “Fire Nagy” chants that first started to appear after the Chicago Bears lost in a blowout to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? That was just an appetizer for what was coming as it turns out. Facing a do-or-die game coming out of the bye week, Matt Nagy caught an unbelievable break. Just an hour before kickoff, it was revealed Baltimore Ravens start quarterback Lamar Jackson would not play due to an illness. The Bears instead would face backup Tyler Huntley, a former undrafted free agent with 16 career passes.
It should’ve been a statement game for Chicago. A big win to give them some momentum. Instead? Nagy watched the season and probably his career as a head coach go up in flames as the Ravens stunned them 16-13. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Justin Fields struggled and was knocked out with a rib injury. Then despite taking the lead with under two minutes on a crazy Andy Dalton bomb to Marquise Goodwin, the defense once against couldn’t hold their water. Huntley led a backbreaking TD drive aided by a brutal pass interference penalty by Kindle Vildor.
That was when the chants resurfaced, and they were much louder this time.
There is no arguing with that. What else needs to be said. The Bears have steadily declined since the head coach took over. Each of the past three seasons has involved losing streaks of at least four games. It has already reached five this year and could hit six before next week is even over. That is if he even manages to get that far. Rumors have persisted for some time that a bad enough loss might make the “Fire Nagy” movement a reality.
This would certainly qualify. Losing to a backup QB and a banged-up opponent on your home field despite having two weeks to prepare. Nagy is 0-4 off the bye week and still has one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Fans can’t take it anymore. Please just make it stop.