No. 3: Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
In 2018, the Chicago Bears were the up-and-coming squad of the entire league, riding a hot defense and the innovative leadership of first-year head coach Matt Nagy to a doinker of a loss in the 2019 Wild Card game.
Still, Nagy’s efforts during his inaugural head coaching season earned him Coach of the Year honors, prompting the idea the Bears were heading towards a dynasty of a decade.
That was all before a frustrating 8-8 finish in 2019, which saw the once-mighty Chicago defense no longer being able to overcome the lack of impact from the offense. While the Bears still boasted the league’s fourth-best scoring defense, the fact Nagy’s offense ranked 29th in concerning.
Especially considering Nagy stemmed from an offensive system under Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
Much of what happens in regards to Nagy and the NFL hot seat this season will stem from his handling of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Trubisky, just like the Bears, regressed a lot in 2019, prompting ideas he should either be replaced or at least receive some hefty competition in training camp.
If Nagy is successful with this, he’s likely safe. But if the results are less than desirable, Nagy’s tenure in Chicago could come to a quick end.