The Bears are moving forward with a young prodigy in Matt Nagy.
On Monday, the 39-year-old Nagy officially become the 16th head coach in franchise history, the team announced.
First reported by Chicago Sun-Times insider Adam Jahns, Nagy comes to the Bears after spending the last 10 years working with head coach Andy Reid in both Kansas City and Philadelphia.
He started as a coaching intern in 2008 with the Eagles before advancing to an offensive quality control coach by 2011. Then, he came with Reid to the Chiefs serving as a quarterbacks coach all the way up to this season when he was promoted to offensive coordinator. In 2016, he served as the co-offensive coordinator.
The former Delaware quarterback finished his collegiate career as the Blue Hen’s all-time leading passer with 8,214 yards ahead of former NFL great Rich Gannon. Nagy played six seasons in the AFL, participating in two ArenaBowl’s in 2005 and 2007.
Nagy is not quite as young as 31-year-old Rams head coach, Sean McVay, but the two have similar paths considering they both spent very little time as offensive coordinators before earning head coaching gigs. McVay was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2014-2016 prior to being hired by Los Angeles this off-season.
In the Bears search for a replacement for John Fox, they interviewed five coaches in four days which included New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Minnesota offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator George Edwards and Nagy.
The theme that Bears’ general manager went with was obvious. Look at a coach from a winning team. All five guys happened to be from playoff contenders. Nagy was the last guy interviewed on Sunday following his team’s home loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
Kansas City led 21-3 at the half and wound up losing 22-21 to the Titans after tight end Travis Kelce went out. Nagy was ridiculed by the media for the team’s lack of aggression on offense in the second half.
Regardless, Nagy was handed the keys to the offense by Reid over the final five games of the season and the team averaged 28.6 points per game. He also interviewed with Indianapolis on Sunday.
Reid recently told NFL.com reporter Adam Caplan that Nagy was the “best head coaching prospect he’s ever had.”
That is telling considering Reid has five current NFL head coaches that worked for him in his career: Carolina’s Ron Rivera, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, Buffalo’s Sean McDermott, New York’s Todd Bowles and Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson.
In 2017 with new #Bears head coach Matt Nagy as offensive coordinator, Chiefs ranked 5th in NFL in total offense with 375.4 yards per game, 6th in points per game (25.9), 7th in passing yards (256.5), 9th in rushing (118.9) and led NFL with the fewest turnovers (8).
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) January 8, 2018
A few tidbits to know about Kansas City’s offense under Nagy. They finished 5th in total offense, quarterback Alex Smith had a career-high 104.7 passer rating and rookie running back Kareem Hunt led the entire league with 1,327 rushing yards.
Also, Smith was asked to use his legs as he ran 60 times for 355 yards and a touchdown this season. That is good for an average of 5.9 yards per carry.
Look for Bears incumbent QB coach Dave Ragone to remain on Matt Nagy’s staff. Not only did Bears respect his work with QB Mitch Trubisky, but also Rags and Nagy share the same agent.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) January 8, 2018
Considering what the Chiefs offense was able to do with the likes of Kelce, Hunt, Tyreek Hill and others, it is hard to imagine Nagy not having a field day with Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Adam Shaheen and whoever the Bears add to the offense this off-season. Nagy and Mitch Trubisky could become a very good duo.
You can say this is a risk all you want by Pace, but after going 14-34 the past three seasons under what was said to be a proven coach in Fox, the Bears need offense in the worst way. They’ve averaged a measly 18.3 points per game since 2015, the second-worst mark in the NFL.
Nagy is a bright young mind whose hire mocks the Rams blueprint with McVay and company.
Now, if the Bears can copy what Los Angeles did with pairing their coach with a veteran defensive coordinator then all will be well. I’m talking about Vic Fangio.
#Bears DC Vic Fangio becomes a free agent tomorrow. While 3 offensive coaches have already left, no defensive assistants have. That could be telling. Still, Matt Nagy’s first test as head coach is recruiting the guys he already has to stay.
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) January 8, 2018
Fangio has done an admirable job. Pace should be doing everything in his power to get him to work alongside Nagy.
It would be a smoother transition and the defense has been surprisingly solid lately. The offensive focus can be turned up a notch with less to worry about defensively with Fangio back.
More news to come from this hire as the Bears introduce Nagy in a press conference on Tuesday.
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