The Philadelphia Eagles fired Doug Pederson after a 4-11-1 season. Playoffs or not, the Chicago Bears should follow suit.
Apparently, winning a team’s first Super Bowl isn’t enough to keep you employed. Doug Pederson learned that the hard way.
The Philadelphia Eagles fired Pederson after a 4-11-1 finish to the 2020 season. Losing seasons can warrant firings but a Super Bowl should buy time. In five years with the team, Pederson won two division titles, made the postseason three times and brought Philadelphia a Lombardi Trophy.
Carson Wentz, you better be worth it.
Breaking: Doug Pederson has been fired as the Eagles' coach, a source tells ESPN’s Dan Graziano. pic.twitter.com/pkBiuBZO4m
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 11, 2021
Pederson’s firing might ultimately stem down to his tanking job in Week 17. He lost the locker room after electing to bench Jalen Hurts for Nate Sudfeld to better the chances at a higher draft pick. His own players openly criticized the move following a 20-17 loss to Washington.
If Pederson’s departure proved anything, it’s not everything boils down to wins or losses. Sometimes change must be due to internal affairs.
Nagy’s playoff performance warrants a change of scenery
Nagy’s a winner in the season of straight Ws. He’s 28-20 all-time and has yet to have a season under .500. That doesn’t mean he’s getting the job done in the Windy City.
When hired, Nagy was expected to fix the hopeful franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He was given three years, multiple draft picks and control of the offense to do so. Heck, they even gave him an Andy Reid-Esque quarterback in Nick Foles to help.
Totally agree with Bill Cowher – Matt Nagy coaches like he’s afraid to let his QB lose the game. No chance to win that way. #Bears
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) January 10, 2021
In Week 10, Nagy gave up the play-calling to Bill Lazor. The Bears ranked 32nd in total offense at the time.
Chicago’s roller-coaster season ended with a backdoor slide in the playoff due to the Arizona Cardinals’ collapse over the final two weeks. Trubisky and the offense put up four-straight 30-plus point games, albeit they were against bottom 10 defenses.
And in the postseason? Nagy waved the white flag at halftime when Trubisky and the two-minute offense rushed three-straight plays for points. Chicago was only down by four to the New Orleans Saints.
This is Chicago’s identity. They’ll win enough to get by and be outmatched in the postseason. Good enough to beat bad teams but terrible enough to struggle. Nagy didn’t implode, but he didn’t do enough to win.
Matt Nagy is holding back Mitchell Trubisky. Mitchell Trubisky is also holding back Matt Nagy.
Neither of them are good fits for each other, and it’s resulted in an incredibly ineffective #Bears offense.
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) January 10, 2021
The McCaskey family should take a hard look at Philadelphia. It’s time to decide if they want to settle for mediocrity or risk being worse to only get better.