Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears are off to a 4-8 start this year. The head coach is on the hot seat. Now, his assistants appear to be jumping ship preemptively. Bears assistant offensive line coach Donovan Raiola is the first to find a new job, according to Michael David Smith at NBC Sports.
Raiola will join former University of Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s offensive staff at the University of Nebraska. Whipple led Pitt and quarterback Kenny Pickett to a 10-2 season and their first ever ACC Championship via his high-powered passing attack. He signed with Nebraska after resigning before Pitt’s Peach Bowl appearance against Michigan State.
Raiola was an All-Big Ten center for Wisconsin before a brief career as an NFL journeyman. He’s been a member of Chicago’s staff since 2018. His brother, Dominic, played at Nebraska, where he received the prestigious Rimington Award as the best center in all of college football.
It remains to be seen if Whipple will try and poach any other NFL staffers. For the Bears, it’s a sign that the current Nagy administration may be a sinking ship. Donovan Raiola won’t have to worry about that.
Cornhuskers fans have to be excited about the offensive staff they’re putting together. Coach Scott Frost is betting on himself in what will be a make-or-break year. He appears to be working on putting together the staff of his dreams, and Nebraska alumni are all too happy to pay whatever it takes to return the program to glory.
The Bears lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 33-22 on December 5. Their next matchup will be a Sunday night game against the hated Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Time will tell if any other coaches see the writing on the wall and look for greener pastures.
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