The Bears struck quickly in their quest for a new head coach, officially giving the job Monday to former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. The move comes one day after Bears general manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy, and two days after Nagy’s Kansas City Chiefs offense stalled out in a playoff loss to Tennessee.
Nagy, 39, becomes the 16th head coach in Bears history and replaces John Fox, who compiled a 14-34 record during his three-year tenure.
Nagy has spent several seasons under the tutelage of Kansas City and former Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid. He began with the Eagles as a coaching intern in 2008 and eventually followed Reid to Kansas City before becoming the Chiefs quarterbacks coach in 2013.
In 2015, he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator and then became the sole offensive coordinator in 2017. He is credited with helping revive the Chief’s offense after taking over play calling duties from Reid. The Chiefs finished this season ranked sixth in the NFL in points per game, seventh in passing yards and ninth in rushing. Nagy worked closely with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who has a 65-percent completion rate as a quarterback in the five years the two have worked together.
Nagy is reported to have been a huge fan of Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, which was most likely a determining factor in Pace’s decision. The hiring comes after Pace interviewed New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Minnesota offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Minnesota defensive coordinator George Edwards, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
All eyes are now on Fangio, who has steadily revived the Bears defense after three years as coordinator. His contract is up on Tuesday, and the Bears have reportedly been interested in retaining him in his position. Pace will likely be working around the clock to make that happen before appearing before the media at a scheduled news conference on Tuesday.
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