The Las Vegas Raiders and Luke Getsy are nearing a deal to bring the former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator onto Antonio Pierce’s staff in the same role, a team source confirmed to The Athletic on Saturday.
The move to add Getsy comes after former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury withdrew his name from consideration for the position late Friday night. Both sides thought a deal was done Thursday afternoon, but the contract wasn’t able to get finalized to the point where Kingsbury could sign it.
Getsy, 39, interviewed with the Raiders, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints after being let go by the Bears. Chicago ranked second in NFL in rushing attempts (31) and rushing yards (141) per game with Getsy the offensive coordinator, but he could never quite get quarterback Justin Fields to the next level as a passer in his two years.
The Bears ranked just 23rd (19.2) and 18th (21.2) in points per game his two seasons.
Before his time in Chicago, Getsy was with the Green Bay Packers (as WR coach, then QB coach, then passing game coordinator) for five years, so he knows Las Vegas receiver Davante Adams well.
UCLA coach Chip Kelly was a candidate, but one of the hang-ups was that apparently he wanted to bring a lot of his college staff with him, per a league source.
How Getsy fared in Chicago
Getsy was fired last month following an underwhelming two-year stint as Bears offensive coordinator. They showed some subtle growth under his watch this season — averaging 19.18 points (23rd) in 2022 before improving to 21.18 points (18th) in 2023 — but it ultimately wasn’t enough for him to keep his job. Overall, Chicago averaged just 20.18 points per game (T-19th) during Getsy’s tenure.
The Bears’ offense under Getsy was entirely too one dimensional. They led the league in both rushing attempts and rushing yards from 2022-23 and boasted an elite rushing offense. The issue was they were dead last in both passing attempts and rushing yards during that span.
That lack of balance held them back from becoming a consistently productive unit.
There’s some debate about how much blame Getsy deserves for that. He might’ve been held back by the struggles of Fields. Getsy inherited Fields — Fields was drafted in 2021 — and it was clear the quarterback didn’t fit his scheme. Plus, Chicago is in the midst of a rebuild and its offensive roster is still lacking.
Perhaps with a better quarterback and stronger collective talent, Getsy could perform better.
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Getsy is still viewed highly across the league, which is why he landed interviews with the Patriots and Saints for their offensive coordinator positions before being hired by the Raiders. He has a history of working under head coaches who’ve had a lot of offensive success in Akron head coach Joe Moorhead (at Mississippi State in 2018), Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy (with the Packers from 2014-17) and Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur (with the Packers from 2020-21).
At the same time, Getsy knew Fields would be the quarterback when he took the Bears job. Any shortcomings by Fields are ultimately at least partially reflective of Getsy’s failure to help him develop. Additionally, Getsy seemed reluctant to cater his system to his personnel.
With Las Vegas, he needs to show he can do a better job of both helping players improve and being adaptable schematically in order to have success.
“No. 1, as a coach, who you are as a team or who you are as a unit is critical to match it to the personnel that you have,” Getsy told The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain last month. “That’s important that you have philosophies and styles of play and fundamentals, that’s who you are. And then your particular schematics, or your way of attacking somebody has to be flexible to who your players are.” — Tashan Reed, Raiders senior writer
What this could mean for Raiders’ QB situation
With the start of OTA practices still months away, the most pressing question surrounding Getsy is how he feels about quarterback Aidan O’Connell. O’Connell finished last season as the Raiders’ starting quarterback and was decent in 10 starts. Getsy’s assessment of how he performed and whether he fits his scheme will surely play a factor in how Las Vegas moves forward at quarterback this offseason.
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If the Raiders decide they need to add competition, Getsy’s hire likely eliminates a potential option. Las Vegas has been one of the teams speculated as a potential destination for Fields via trade, but Fields and Getsy had well-documented friction with the Bears. A reunion wouldn’t make much sense. — Reed
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