The Chicago Bears ended their first-ever 17-game season with a final record of 6-11. In Matt Nagy's career as Bears' head coach, he now owns an overall record of 34-31. The Bears' 31-17 loss to the Vikings in the season finale encapsulated the entire campaign in one game. Would it have been different if Justin Fields was available to play? Possibly, but it wouldn't matter regardless.
Chicago had momentum in the first half before completely falling apart in the second half. The Bears offense stopped moving the football efficiently and the defense had major lapses in the final 30 minutes. Sean Desai's unit allowed 28 points in the second half, with 21 of those occurring in the fourth quarter alone. It was embarrassing, and frankly, Bears fans deserve better.
Chicago Bears Postgame Comments
Matt Nagy expressed his disappointment in his postgame comments following what was most likely his final game at the helm in Chicago.
"This isn't where we wanted to be," Nagy said. "It's been a long season and it's important to use the lessons learned to make ourselves better."
Matt Nagy could very well be fired at any moment but his composure is still as solid as it was during the heavy questioning about his future all season long. Nagy ended his interview by praising Justin Fields and saying he has a bright future.
The Bears have a young star in wide receiver Darnell Mooney. Following the loss at Minnesota, he confirmed Matt Nagy's message to the team was about life lessons. If this is indeed Nagy's final game with the Bears, he's leaving the future of this team with some words of wisdom.
Mooney ended his 2021 campaign with over 1,000 yards and is arguably the best hope for this offense (alongside running back David Montgomery) going forward. He plans on traveling to Florida with Justin Fields to continue training together. The duo can build on the rapport they clearly established this season.
The Bears have a truly special talent at the linebacker position. Roquan Smith was clearly displeased with Chicago's defensive performance in Week 18. The Bears lost to the Vikings largely because the defense couldn't keep up with Kirk Cousins and co. in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, Smith told reporters that he wants to be a Bear.
He described not caring about his individual critique and how it's really all about the team and whether or not they win. Smith said this gives them fuel and drive to get better for next season.
Clearly, Justin Fields is the future of this organization whether it's with Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace or new faces. The potential of what he and Mooney can bring to the table makes Chicago an attractive landing spot for any potential head coach or GM.
The 2021 season was disappointing, to say the least. But now that it's over, the Bears can finally focus on how to get better in 2022.