Chicago Hires Matt Nagy as Head Coach
For only the second time since the merger, the Chicago Bears have decided to pick an offensive coordinator for their head coach. On Monday morning, they announced that Matt Nagy, the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, will become the 16th head coach in franchise history. He'll be tasked with turning Mitchell Trubisky into the best Bears quarterback since [Scene Missing].
At age 39, Nagy is the latest in the recent trend of hiring young offensive minds to turn programs around, joining Adam Gase, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay in the under-40 squad.
Nagy is a long-time Andy Reid guy, starting his coaching career in 2008 in Philadelphia and gradually working his way up the ranks. He made the jump with Reid to Kansas City as quarterbacks coach, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016 when Doug Pederson left to become coach of the Eagles.
While Reid traditionally calls his own plays, he transferred that power to Nagy in December when the Chiefs were in the middle of the skid. With Nagy calling the shots, the Chiefs finished the year 4-0 before losing in the playoffs to Tennessee, scoring 26.6 points per game, while the Chiefs as a whole scored 25.9 ppg on the season. The Bears haven't been that productive on offense since 2013, when they were lead by the only other offensive coordinator they've ever brought on to be head coach, Marc Trestman.
The next move for the Bears would seem to be re-upping defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who remains under contract until Tuesday. Fangio is eternally the bridesmaid and never the bride; one of the more respected defensive coordinators in the league, it's the second time in five years where a franchise has hoped to keep him on as DC despite passing him up for the head coaching role. It didn't happen in San Francisco, but they were in the process of falling apart. Chicago may have better luck.
Charles McDonald took a look at Kansas City's offense back in September, an article which suddenly becomes much more interesting to Bears fans.