Bears head coach Matt Nagy said he's not concerned for his job following Sunday night's 41-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“No, I’m not,” Nagy said. “I just think that right now with our team that this is the stuff through the season that you go through. It’s about fighting adversity, it’s about building cultures and staying together.”
Three NFL head coaches have already been relieved of their duties this season, and a five-game losing streak would certainly constitute grounds for consideration. It has before, and it has before in Chicago.
In 2014, the Bears were sitting at 5-6, then lost five straight games to end the season. Head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery were fired a day after the season ended. That season featured a 55-14 Packers romp over the Bears at Lambeau Field.
Seasons can spiral out of control quickly, and the Bears' 2020 season already has. A whipping at the hand of the Bears' most heated rival only escalates the situation. The Packers remain the class of the NFC North. The Bears have to see the Packers again in Week 17, too.
“Obviously, the last five weeks has been extremely difficult,” Nagy said. “It’s not fun, because we all want to win and we know that. The one reason why I’m here is to fight and to lead, and that’s what I think is most important during these times. And when you go through these times, how do you respond and I think that’s the test of true character.”
Whether he believes it or not, Nagy will be fighting for his job these final five weeks. Other than the finale against the Packers, the schedule is favorable. The Bears can’t afford to let this losing streak persist. The Bears need wins against the likes of the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans, the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Nagy’s job could depend on it.