Report: Chicago Bears will target Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald to be next head coach if they fire Matt Nagy
Fresh off another division title, Pat Fitzgerald’s name is back in the NFL rumor mill.
According to a report, Fitzgerald would be targeted by the Chicago Bears to be their next head coach if they move on from Matt Nagy this offseason.
That’s per CBSSports’ Jason La Canfora, who adds that minority owner Pat Ryan is a major reason why Fitzgerald is under consideration. Ryan is a Northwestern alum and owns about 10 percent of the Bears.
If there’s any job that could lure Fitzgerald away from Evanston, it might be the Bears. The proximity would be a huge plus, as would be the challenge of moving to the NFL if Fitzgerald thinks he’s accomplished all he can at Northwestern.
On Saturday, the Wildcats clinched their second division title in two seasons. Northwestern has one of the best defenses in the country, led by Blake Gallagher, Paddy Fisher and Brandon Joseph.
The irony here is that Fitzgerald would be tasked with leading an organization that has struggled to find consistent, quality quarterback play for the last 35 years or so. That hasn’t exactly been Fitzgerald’s strength either, but he’s still found a way to win at Northwestern.
The Wildcats will host Illinois in Week 8 and then finish off their conference slate with the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 19.