Year four of the Matt Nagy era isn’t off to a hot start for the Chicago Bears, falling to 0-1 with their 34-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. And while the offense wasn’t the biggest weakness on Sunday night, the Bears still only scored 14 points and scored on just two of their eight drives in the game.
With head coach Matt Nagy picking Andy Dalton over Justin Fields, he’s opened himself up to some criticism and that has continued here in Week 1. Now, with the Bears facing an 0-1 start to their season many think Nagy is on the hot seat and could be the first coach to be axed this season.
According to Sports Betting Dime, Nagy is the odds on favorite to be the first coach to be fired, sitting at +500 on the list. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer isn’t far behind at +700 and Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich is at +750. Take a look at the full list below via Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron:
Nagy #Bears +500
Zimmer #Vikings +700
Reich #Colts +750
McCarthy #Cowboys +1100
LaFleur #Packers +1150
Fangio #Broncos +1500
Taylor #Bengals +1900
Judge #Giants +2400
Meyer – #Jaguars +2700
Campbell – #Lions +2800
— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) September 14, 2021
This could just be some overreaction after Week 1 but the bottom line is that the Bears offense wasn’t great and as Nagy said in the preseason, this is year four and everything should click, it hasn’t through the first game. The rest of the year could be okay for the Bears and bettors using the Martingale betting strategy in NFL for the rest of the games and their odds.
What Nagy does have is an ace in his back pocket in rookie Justin Fields. But when will he pull that out and save his job? Stay tuned.
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