By: Thomas Gibbons
The Chicago Bears hired their 16th coach in franchise history on Monday.
Matt Nagy, former offensive coordinator of the Chiefs, will now take the reins at Halas Hall in an effort to get the Bears back in playoff contention.
Adam Jahns, Bears beat reporter for the Chicago Sun-times, first reported the hire at 10:51am Monday morning. The Bears officially announced the hiring of Nagy at 11:08am via their Twitter account. He will be introduced tomorrow in a official press conference at Halas Hall.
The hire happened pretty quick. The Chiefs fell to the Titans in the AFC Wild card game Saturday afternoon, Nagy met with Pace on Sunday, and now wears blue and orange.
According to Greg Gabriel of 670thescore.com, Ryan Pace may have stayed in Kansas City last night. The Colts also interviewed with Nagy yesterday, but Pace liked what he heard and did not leave without his guy.
For the third year in a row, Pace has done what he needed to do to land his guy. In 2016, he moved up one spot to draft Leonard Floyd. In 2017, he moved up from third to second overall to draft his franchise QB in Mitchell Trubisky, no matter what it cost him. Now, Pace was impressed and landed his coach who he believes can bring along Trubisky and make the Bears a winner again.
A quick biography on Nagy consists of his quarterback background, playing college football at Delware and in the Arena league for six seasons. For the past ten seasons, Nagy has coached under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Nagy will be another coordinator under Reid to get a shot at the head coach job. The track record from what some call “The Andy Reid coaching tree” is quite impressive with names including Ron Rivera, John Harbaugh, Doug Pederson, and Pat Shurmer.
Reid has always called his own plays. When he gave Nagy the chance to call the plays the last four games of the season, it surprised myself and others. But with the offense not producing and the Chiefs having lost four in a row heading into the Raiders game, it was time for Nagy to show what he can do.
In four games with the play sheet handed over to Nagy, the Chiefs averaged better than 400 yards and 29 points per game. Impressive right?
We knew the Bears were going to hire an offensive mind and someone who they think would be the best fit to develop Trubisky. Interesting enough, Nagy and Trubisky have developed a pretty good relationship, one that started in the pre-draft process and continued throughout the season.
The Chiefs expressed their interest in Mitch Trubisky leading up to the draft. His athleticism stood out and the Chiefs offense would be similar to what he ran at North Carolina. For the Bears, they visited Trubisky but kept it to themselves until draft night. The Chiefs ended up selecting Patrick Mahomes from Texas Tech and are very high on their quarterback. Alex Smith may have played his last game with the Chiefs and are ready to begin the Mahomes era in Kansas City.
Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com, Nagy will be the play-caller for Trubisky. Expect a lot of RPO’s ( Run-pass option), quick game ( slants, hitches, option routes), and a very creative offense.
The Bears have their head coach. Now, the focus goes to Vic Fangio. The Bears interviewed him for the head coach gig last week, but he was considered a long shot. Players and Pace admire Fangio’s work with the defense and that is why they want him to stay. The Bengals request to interview Fangio for their defensive coordinator position was denied, implying the Bears are trying to work out an extension for Fangio. His contract expires at midnight on Monday and plenty of teams will be interested in his services.
Peter Schrager from Good Morning Football reported this morning that Nagy wants to bring back Fangio as his DC. He will not come cheap but the Bears want to bring him back and they better do it before he hits the open market.
Did the Bears rush the hire? Only time will tell. Nagy’s resume is not one of a traditional hire in the NFL, but the work he has done with Alex Smith in recent years and the offensive scheme in Kansas City is quite impressive.
It’s a new era. A new face at the podium. Nagy has a busy offseason ahead of him. I am all in on this hire and excited to see what the Bears can accomplish with him.