The Chicago Bears have selected Matt Nagy as their new head coach. Nagy, who had been the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, was hired in spite of his team’s woeful performance in the second half of the Chiefs’ playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.
Nagy has been widely credited for the development of Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith, who just had his best season of his 13-year career, and led the NFL in passing. The Bears and their fans will hope he can do the same for Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky was the team’s first-round draft pick this year, and he showed glimpses of greatness. Bears’ general manager Ryan Pace, who recently received a contract extension, has stated that helping Trubisky become a star is a priority for the team.
Nagy was also effective in the Chiefs’ running game. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing. Further in Nagy’s favor is that, when the Chiefs went through a mid-season slump, head coach Andy Reid gave Nagy responsibility for play calling, and the team went on to a late-season surge that led them to the AFC West division championship and a playoff birth.
Nagy doesn’t have a typical NFL coaching resume. As recently as 8 years ago he was the offensive coordinator of a high school team in Pennsylvania. After a short stint as an intern with the Eagles, he parlayed these experiences into a job as an assistant with the team. He joined the Chiefs in 2013, as the team’s quarterback coach prior to being named offensive coordinator.
He does some experience as a player, having been a quarterback at the University of Delaware before playing 6 years in the Arena Football League.
He replaces John Fox, who was fired after 3 consecutive seasons with at least 10 loses