Bears Introduce New Head Coach Matt Nagy

Kristopher Nichols
January 10, 2018

The Chiefs and Nagy were said to be very high on Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky coming out of the draft a year ago.

In Nagy, the Bears are hoping that they have found the right man to kick their offense into high gear.

The Bears went in a different direction.

Chicago posted marks of 6-10, 3-13 and 5-11 in Fox's three seasons.

Following Saturday's 22-21 wild-card loss to Tennessee, in which K.C. blew an 18-point lead, it was reported the conservative Reid called most of the plays after halftime. The 12-year veteran led the National Football League this year with a career-high 104.7 passer rating, completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions.

In Chicago, the former quarterback at DE and then the Arena Football League will be trying to develop Trubisky, last year's No. 2 overall draft pick.

"I'm a big fan of his", Reid said of his longtime assistant. "I appreciate the way he comes to work and the attitude he brings".

As of now, I think this is a good pick. "Everybody does it their way".

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In Philadelphia, Nagy was both an offensive assistant and a offensive quality control coach.

General manager Ryan Pace says this is "about more than a quarterback", though developing Trubisky is crucial.

In Chicago, Nagy's most important job will be to develop quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Put away your shaver, Bears fans. That would likely mean a long future in Chicago for Pace, who recently got a contract extension through the 2021 season.

There's also another layer to this: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid semi-fell on the sword for Nagy, his former lieutenant, quipping after the game that he called all the good plays against the Titans and that Reid called all the bad ones. The Colts looked as if they had the inside track on Nagy because their GM, Chris Ballard, had worked with Nagy in Kansas City for better than three years and had a strong relationship with him. Ron Rivera, Doug Pederson, Todd Bowles, John Harbaugh and Sean McDermott are the others.

"There's a lot of guys that can win an interview or win a press conference, you know?"

Though the defense performed well under Fangio, Nagy inherits a roster with holes. Injuries have consistently exposed a lack of depth, and Pace's record in free agency has so far been shaky; he has struggled to find replacements for talented players no longer with the team such as receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and kicker Robbie Gould. One game never should define any coach, especially one before Nagy gets his chance to run his own ship. But Fox's conservative approach and some questionable decisions during games were sore spots. In 2017, the Bears were 0-6 vs. the NFC North, marking the franchise's first winless season in their division in almost 50 years.

Apparently, Nagy really liked Trubisky. He knows how to teach. He's got a great family. He's got a creative mind. "There will be ups and downs and I'll be able to understand where those are at and I'll have Ryan there in my corner to say, 'Hey Matt, listen, maybe you should look at it this way or that way.' But I'm going to grow and that's the attractive part of being in this situation right now".

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