Will Bears, Eagles, or Jets declare coaches and General Managers to be safe?

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With 24 days to go until Black Monday, speculation has reached a fever pitch regarding coaches and General Managers who may be fired between now and then. As a result, it become important for teams that won’t be making major changes to say so.

Last year, former Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford did just that, announcing on December 17 that coach Matt Patricia and G.M. Bob Quinn would return for 2020. This year, ownership of the Bears, Eagles, and Jets have said nothing about embattled coaching staffs and front offices.

There’s no requirement that anything be said, obviously. However, speculation will only intensify about potential changes absent a declaration that changes won’t be made.

In Chicago, questions have swirled for weeks about the potential replacement of G.M. Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy, and more recently team president Ted Phillips, who has held the job for 21 years. Ownership has said nothing regarding the question of whether any, some, or all of them will return.

In Philadelphia, where the Eagles won the Super Bowl to cap the 2017 season and returned to the playoffs in 2018 and 2019, fans and media have clamored for change. As ridiculous as change may be after recent accomplishments, unless and until owner Jeffrey Lurie says big changes won’t be made, they remain possible. The report that he boycotted the team’s pre-Thanksgiving loss to the Browns due to dissatisfaction with the team invites even more questions about whether he’ll send people packing.

The Jets likewise have said nothing about the future of the football operations, creating a sense of uncertainty as to whether coach Adam Gase actually could save his job for 2021, and whether G.M. Joe Douglas faces ultimate scrutiny after fewer than two years in the position.

Although four teams have fired their General Managers and three have parted ways with their head coaches during the 2020 season, no owners of teams with key employees facing real scrutiny have declared those employees to be safe. As January 4 approaches, the silence eventually becomes deafening.

44 responses to “Will Bears, Eagles, or Jets declare coaches and General Managers to be safe?

  1. What about the Chargers or Jaguars? Maybe a Bengals team that’s won a combined 4 games in two seasons?

  2. Nagy has a winning record over three years. He also did not pick Trubiski. I say give him one more year. Pace has done an average job with putting team together. However, he has given away too many draft choices.

  3. A lot of people who own football teams have no idea about how to run a football team, so they’ll pull out one dart and throw another. If you throw enough darts, you eventually hit the dart board, and if you’re really lucky you might hit the bulls eye. It’s sort of the same thing as voting for politicians when you don’t really know a lot about politics. You just go with the guy that sounds the best and makes the best promises. You can get advice from the experts, but who are the experts? We just went through an era where one team won six super bowls. Were they that good, or were the other teams that bad?

  4. Please please please keep Adam Gase as head coach of the Jets! Asking for a friend (and fans of any other AFC East team)

  5. Bears won’t make a move till the season is over. They don’t fire in season. I’d be more likely to give Nagy another year, provided a new GM is willing to do that. Cleaner to get rid of both, but Pace has trade too many picks, and lost too many gambles. Just hoping they lose out.

  6. It sure is nice not to see the Browns in this type of article for a change. Looks like they got it right when they hired Kevin Stefansky.

  7. YES …. the heads chop at the throat. If the GM sucks… the team will too. Off go the heads. Look at Dallas who has not changed front office for many years. THEY STINK.

  8. As to the Jets, my guess would be Gase is gone after this season

    Nagy might be gone, what a mess he has gotten himself into with the QB’s

    Pederson maybe safe, but likely the GM Rosman might be the one to pay the piper

  9. If Adam Case remains the JETS coach that just proves the Johnson Brothers are dieheart New England Patriot fans.

  10. Firing Nagy and especially Pace (as much as I hate those guys) will make no difference. The fish stinks from the head. And the idea of Ted Phillips going anywhere is a pipe dream. The Bears are a horrible franchise, it exist for two reasons, one to give the McCaskey’s loft social status and elevate Virginia McCaskey to a level of NFL royalty because she is the daughter of the league founder. The real reason it provides a means for living for all the McCaskey’s out there that have never had to work. Nothing will change. There is no real reason for it to do so.

  11. Holy Smokes says:
    December 12, 2020 at 1:05 am
    After this weekend, you can throw Zimmer and Spielman into the group of replacements..
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    Zimmer is not going nowhere. They are at .500 and they have won 5 of their last 6… They ONLY way he could possibly be fired is if they go 0-4 the rest of the way. He is also fresh of a contract extension. He is going nowhere this year.

  12. Phillips, Pace and Nagy all need to go before the Bears have any hope of turning around. The mental errors, lack of fundamental skills, poor leadership and absence of fire you’ve seen from that team on the field on 2020 reflects the culture at the top. They’re in a really bad place and the next rebuild will take at least 3 years and that’s if they hire the right people and draft well, neither if which I have any reason to believe they will do.

  13. Let’s not leave Zac Taylor and staff and de facto GM Duke Tobin out of this conversation. And I wish the other NFL owners would fire Mike Brown.

  14. I’m sure it’s happened before, I’m struggling to recall the last time an owner gave the coach or GM the dreaded “vote of confidence” and they still had a job 24 months later. It seems like if you have to ask, it’s just a matter of time…

  15. Pretty sure if I were the GM, or Coach in question the last thing I’d want is a vote of confidence or to even have an owner acknowledge this conversation at all. How often do owners hold press conferences? If the owner (not Jerry Jones) is talking at all it probably means they are considering change, and most intelligent people know there is nothing to gain from telling everyone what your plan is before you execute it.

  16. For my Eagles, making the playoffs in 2019 should not be hailed as an accomplishment. The division was weak last year as well and they got an awful lot of help due to Dallas doing what Dallas does.

    I would hate for us to somehow make the playoffs this year with an awful record and to be here next year touting the fact they made the playoffs 5 straight years.

  17. You do your job, you stay. You don’t, you leave. Like every other job. I would expect massive changes to all the franchises mentioned, because they are all doing awful jobs. Who would be safe?

  18. The one constant in Chicago is the team President. Phillips has been involved in all the Laughing stock that has become the Chicago Bears.

  19. Gase is trash and needs to be gone.

    Philly’s HC has already proven what he can do with a talented team. Whoever is in charge of drafting is doing him no favors.

    Bears need to start at Philips and work their way down.

  20. Firing Nagy and especially Pace (as much as I hate those guys) will make no difference. The fish stinks from the head. And the idea of Ted Phillips going anywhere is a pipe dream. The Bears are a horrible franchise, it exist for two reasons, one to give the McCaskey’s loft social status and elevate Virginia McCaskey to a level of NFL royalty because she is the daughter of the league founder. The real reason it provides a means for living for all the McCaskey’s out there that have never had to work. Nothing will change. There is no real reason for it to do so.

    Too much of the above post is true. The only thing that will change this is a drop in Soldier Field revenue from fans no longer attending after the pandemic is over. The Bears are run as a business, not as an ego trip for the otherwise rich owners.

    Am sure the clan is already set for life and would use the sale proceeds of the franchise to further their best economic ends and move to Texas where there is no state income tax.

  21. The Eagles would be ridiculous to fire Doug Pederson. Who needs to go is Howie Roseman but since he is Lurie’s alter ego I can envision the Eagles doing something ridiculous.

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