If the Chicago Bears are serious about making Justin Fields a franchise quarterback, they have a few options for hiring a head coach who could get them there.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has been the most criticized coach since the 2021 season began. His plays have been questionable at best and he is refusing to commit to rookie quarterback Justin Fields to even though almost everyone who cares about Chicago begs you to do so.
The victims of so much criticism rarely hold their head coaching job for long. Despite being 2-2 after a 24-14 loss to the Detroit Lions, Nagy is likely seeing the last of his days as the Bears head coach.
Nagy’s almost inevitable departure is great news for Fields. The young quarterback has had to go through every week not knowing if he will get the starting role over Andy Dalton, and that has dampened his confidence.
Fields threw for 209 yards on 11 completions and rushed for nine yards in his Week 4 win over Detroit. He has his trouble turning the ball and his game has been far from perfect, but the rookie needs a head coach who can support his development by giving him the green light as soon as possible.
Here are 3 head coaches the Chicago Bears should hire if they want Justin Fields to succeed
3. Bill Lazor
An option for the Bears could already be in their locker room. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor took over the play call this week for Nagy and led Chicago to 24 points in their win.
Nagy could have handed Lazor his job when he handed over his gambling call responsibilities. When Lazor took over the game calling for a share of the Bears games last year, he averaged nearly 5.5 more points per game than Nagy during that time.
Against Detroit, Lazor let the ball fly. Fields completed 4 of 6 field goals of 20 yards or more. That’s a striking contrast to Dalton’s deep ball ability. If Lazor continues to call games that allow Fields to show his strengths and gain confidence, he is a clear contender for the head coach job.
Although Lazor may not be the best option, it is one of the easiest. He has been with Chicago for nearly two years after joining the team in 2020 following a forced departure from Cincinnati. He has a markedly different approach to offense than his head coach and seems more prepared to let Fields loose as he adjusts to being an NFL starter.