What was that? More confusion, contradiction from Bears in keeping Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy

Pace (left) and Nagy (right) said chairman George McCaskey was giving them “an opportunity” to stay for 2021, indicating both men knew how fortunate they were to keep their jobs. | AP Photos

In a press conference as mind-numbing as their season, the Bears expressed hope that doing nothing will solve everything.

There were times when it was hard to tell whether Bears chairman George McCaskey was firing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy or retaining them. Most of his defense for keeping his general manager and coach despite going 16-16 the last two seasons sounded exactly what he’d be saying if he was getting rid of them.

It almost seemed like McCaskey might change his mind while getting pelted with questions insinuating how little sense it makes to keep everything the same yet expect a different result.

But Wednesday morning ended the way it began, with Pace and Nagy still running the show for 2021.

It was predictable.

McCaskey said Pace — six years in — needs more time. He praised Nagy for keeping the team together through a six-game losing streak, even though he’s the one who steered them into that ditch in the first place. He positioned himself as fearless for doing nothing.

“I don’t know, frankly, that a lot of people have confidence in this course of action,” McCaskey said, quite astutely. “But sometimes you have to take the route that you think is best, even when it’s not the most popular decision.”

Does he even have confidence in this course? When pressed on whether there should be accountability for a six-game losing streak rather than commendation for pulling out of it, he laid out precisely the argument many would raise against Nagy.

“I think we were only the third team… to lose six games in a row and still make the playoffs, and that was at the lowest seed in our conference when that playoff position had just been added,” McCaskey said. “As far as I’m concerned, 2020 was a losing season. And a big part of that was a six-game losing streak.”

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“Have we gotten the quarterback situation completely right? No,” he said. “Have we won enough games? No. But everything else is there.”

Everything else? They should’ve kept him on mute.

Anyway, McCaskey continued by talking about Pace and Nagy “learning and growing in their roles,” as though general manager and head coach of an NFL team are entry-level jobs.

That’s an alarming perspective, especially when applied to Pace. He’s getting a seventh season after one winning record in the first six and no signs that the Bears are trending toward championship contention.

“As far as whether six years is the right amount of time for a general manager to grow into his position, I think it depends on the situation,” McCaskey said. “I don’t think there’s any magic number. The person’s entire body of work is considered to decide whether the employment relationship should continue.”

That, again, sounds like what he’d say if he were firing Pace, whose entire body of …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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