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Bears to keep Mike Nagy, Ryan Pace

1/13/2021 11:31:47 AM
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The Chicago Bears will keep head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace for the 2021 season, the team announced Wednesday.

In defending his decision to keep the Bears’ power structure in place — president/CEO Ted Phillips, general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy — chairman George McCaskey admitted Wednesday that fans probably didn’t like it, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“The decisions we’re announcing today might not be the easiest or most popular,” McCaskey said. “But we believe it’s the best decisions for the Bears.”

McCaskey talked about the standards the Bears had for the season, though he admitted that this year’s 8-8 finish was closer to 2019 than the team’s 12-4 season in 2018. There were no major consequences for that.

“Have mistakes been made? Yes,” McCaskey said. “But I think Ryan and Matt are both learning and growing in their roles.”

Pace will enter his seventh year, Nagy his fourth.

Phillips said fans calling for the Bears to “fire everyone” don’t understand that “that’s not a recipe for success.” He said the Bears will not give extensions to either Pace or Nagy, but could if the team shows improvement next year. Nagy has two years left on his contract; Phillips refused to say how much longer Pace’s contract will run, but it’s believed he and Nagy are on a similar timeline.

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