Matt Nagy named PFWA Coach of the Year

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears walks on the sidelines in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears walks on the sidelines in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Matt Nagy wins PFWA Coach of the Year.

There have been plenty of articles over the last day or so that have popped up that say that Matt Nagy won coach of the year. That’s true, technically, but not really. The PFWA (Pro Football Writers Association) has been releasing their awards this week and the Bears had a couple of people honored.

Nagy brought home PFWA’s Coach of the Year honors while Vic Fangio brought home the award for assistant coach of the year. Many thought Ryan Pace would win executive of the year, but he was edged out by Chris Ballard from the Indianapolis Colts.

The PFWA awards are great awards and shouldn’t be discounted, but they aren’t the main awards that the NFL recognizes. The Saturday prior to the Super Bowl, the NFL now has their NFL Honors award show where they hand out the hardware for all the league’s awards for this season.

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It’s become quite a spectacle and those awards are the ones officially recognized by the league. If Andy Reid wins Coach of the Year at the NFL Honors, next season Reid will be recognized as the reigning coach of the year honors, not Nagy.

Basically, Matt Nagy won the Golden Globe for Coach of the Year. Will he win the Oscar? He’s got a great chance. There have been plenty of articles and tweets circulating that Nagy won ‘coach of the year’ and that’s misleading.

Nagy still could win coach of the year, but for now, he has the Golden Globe only. Bears’ fans will have to wait another two weeks before they find out if Nagy (and Ryan Pace for executive of the year) bring home the official awards.

Pace is in a two-horse race with Ballard for executive of the year. Luckily voting was concluded before Cody Parkey’s miss so that should help Pace in that regard. Nagy’s top competition for coach of the year is a much bigger pool. Bill O’Brien, Andy Reid, Anthony Lynn, Jason Garrett, Sean Payton and Sean McVay will all get consideration for the jobs they did.

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