Report: Chicago Bears to hire Matt Nagy

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky /

The Chicago Bears have found their new head coach in Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy

A day after his team lost a playoff game to the Tennessee Titans, Matt Nagy flew to Chicago to interview with Ryan Pace about the Chicago Bears head coaching job. The very next day, Nagy will be hired as the team’s head coach.

This goes against a lot of belief around the NFL that it was only a matter of time until John DeFilippo was named the Bears head coach. However, most of those reports came out before the team interviewed Nagy. No one knows yet what was said in that interview, but it is clear that it was impressive, and was enough to win over the mind of Ryan Pace, and trust him with Mitchell Trubisky.

Matt Nagy is an offensive coordinator and will work hand in hand with Mitchell Trubisky. Nagy was noted for taking over the Chief play-calling duties after the Chiefs dropped four straight games. When he took over play calling, the team immediately won four straight games. There is talk that he butchered his playoff loss on Saturday, by only giving Kareem Hunt the ball 11 times, six coming in the first quarter. However, there is also speculation that Andy Reid once again took over play-calling duties for that game.

It is also worth noting that whatever happened in that game, coaches from the Andy Reid regime have gone on to have successful careers. Reid proteges include Ron Rivera, Sean McDermott, Todd Bowles, Doug Pederson, Pat Shurmur, Leslie Frazier, Steve Spagnuolo, and Brad Childress. Not bad.

Nagy has followed Reid since he was with the Eagles, going from an offensive control coach to a quarterbacks coach, to the offensive coordinator. He is well brought up, experienced, and has a background in quarterbacking.

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Overall, this is not a bad hire at all. While Nagy is getting flack for not running in the playoffs, he has always preached a run-first mentality. The question now comes to defensive coordinator. The key with John DeFilippo was that he was interested in retaining Vic Fangio. Maybe Fangio was not interested in being retained under DeFilippo, though, We do not know that. But how he reacts to the hiring of Nagy will be telling. If the Bears can hang onto Fangio, it should be a run first, bend but don’t break team that has a chance. If not, all eyes will be on how the Bears can keep the forward momentum going on the offensive side of the ball.