Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy thank Bears, Chicago fans in statements after their firings


(670 The Score) After their respective tenures in Chicago ended Monday morning, former Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy issued statements offering their gratitude to the organization, the city and fans.

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The Bears fired Pace after he led their football operations for seven seasons and Nagy following his four years as coach.

"I want to thank the Bears organization, especially Mrs. Virginia McCaskey, George H. McCaskey and Ted Phillips, for the last seven years," Pace said in a statement released through the team. "This is a first-class organization and my family and I enjoyed our time in Chicago. Today’s news is the tough part of our business, but I am proud to have poured absolutely everything into making the Chicago Bears a better football team every single day since first stepping foot into Halas Hall. From the expansion of Halas Hall, to every staff hire, every roster move, every scouting trip, every draft pick was with a championship vision in mind.

"To Matt Nagy and his family, thank you. Together the last four years, we built a culture that persevered and a foundation that will catapult the organization into the next phase of success. Although we did not reach our ultimate goal, we accomplished a lot, most notably an NFC North title, two playoff berths, 19 Pro Bowlers and six All-Pro selections.

"To the players, I appreciate everything that you gave out on the field. I believe in each and every one of you and I know the talent is there to bring a championship to Chicago.

"To the entire football operations staff, I appreciate your dedication and tireless efforts during our time together. Your grind behind the scenes does not go unnoticed and the sacrifices are essential to the successes we have had together.

"Bears fans, your passion is palpable daily. Through the wins and losses, it was our constant goal to deliver the championship you deserve. Thank you for making this city the best ‘home field advantage’ in the NFL.

"Our family is from Illinois, went to college in Illinois and as Bears fans for life, we are proud to say that we are confident the future is bright for this team going forward."

The Bears were 6-11 in 2021 and were 48-65 during Pace's seven-year tenure as general manager. Pace hired Nagy in 2018 as his second head coach. Their four-year run together included a 34-31 record in addition to two playoff losses.

"To the Chicago Bears organization – It was an honor to serve as your head coach over the past four seasons," Nagy said in his statement. "I want to thank Ted Phillips, George H. McCaskey and Mrs. Virginia McCaskey for the opportunity to lead one of the game’s most storied franchises. It’s four years I’ll always remember.

"To Ryan Pace – your passion and commitment towards this franchise was contagious. You gave it everything you had, every single day. It was always teamwork and togetherness with us. No regrets. Thank you.

"To the players, coaches and support staff – thank you for your hard work and daily dedication. I will forever be grateful for the fight and determination you showed each week. Every day I tried my very best to honor the commitment you showed to the game and the organization. We’ve all built great relationships that will last a lifetime. I was proud to be your coach and wish you nothing but success in the future."

McCaskey said he'll lead the Bears' searches for a new general manager and coach while several others will provide assistance.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.