It appears the Chicago Bears have found their next head coach and it’s Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
We have officially named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as our new head coach.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 8, 2018
It’s obvious the Bears didn’t want to waste any time making their decision. Especially, considering defensive coordinator Vic Fangio becomes a free agent on Monday night. The goal is to now lock him up for the foreseeable future.
Things really couldn’t have worked out better for Ryan Pace and company. The Chiefs loss on Sunday allowed the Bears to move fast in the hopes of retaining Fangio. Time will tell, but the Bears should be able to keep Fangio on the staff, which is huge for the defense.
Nagy has a lot of experience as a quarterback, which will only help the development of Mitch Trubisky. This is a guy who was able to win with Alex Smith. He was also the only offensive coordinator that was able to convince Andy Reid to let him call plays. Not even Douglas Pederson (head coach of the Eagles) was able to do that.
It’s also important to note that Nagy loved Trubisky coming out of the draft and that obviously played into the decision to hire him as the head coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2018
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Matt Nagy has ten years of experience in the NFL under Andy Reid. He is a young NFL mind at just 39-years-old, which should be a refreshing change at Halas Hall. This is a guy who was able to creatively utilize Alex Smith Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and rookie Kareem Hunt.
This was an aggressive move by Pace, but he obviously had a plan and that plan involved Nagy. Sure, fans will be nervous considering the playoff game on Saturday. However, let’s remember Kelce got hurt and Reid was calling plays, not Nagy.
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The Bears will introduce Nagy tomorrow with a press conference.