The Chicago Bears hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the franchise’s 16th head coach. The Bears hope that Nagy can develop promising young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky while helping the league’s first franchise from one of their worst stretches ever.
The hiring of Nagy takes place a week after Bears former head coach John Fox was terminated after three seasons with the team. During Fox’s tenure, the Bears went 14-34 and registered the second lowest team winning percentage in franchise history.
The Bears were 5-11 in the 2017 season and have not accomplished a .500 season since 2012.
The 39-year-old Nagy is a protégé of Andy Reid and has worked under the veteran NFL coach for ten years in both Philadelphia and Kansas City. Nagy took over the play-calling duties for the Chiefs last season and his performance drew praise from quarterback Alex Smith.
In his coaching duties with Chicago, the former Delaware University quarterback will work at developing Trubisky who was the second overall pick in last year’s NFL draft.
Nagy was coaching at a high school and working in real estate when he worked as an intern at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp for the 2008 and 2009 NFL seasons. Nagy would accept a significant decrease in income to become a coaching assistant with the Eagles in 2010.
The Bears General Manager Ryan Pace is depending on Nagy to salvage his reputation after trading up in last year’s draft to use the No.2 pick to secure the services of a quarterback that had only started 13 NCAA games.
Other candidates that had been in the running for the Bears head coaching position were Eagles quarterback coach John Filippo, Vikings offensive coordinator George Edwards, and Vic Fangio, the team’s own defensive coordinator.