Apparently, the Chicago Bears weren’t concerned about Matt Nagy‘s questionable decision making during Saturday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator has accepted the offer from the Bears to become their new head coach for next season. He’ll take over for John Fox, who was fired last week after three years.
The team had also held interviews with their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and defensive coordinator George Edwards, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. All five of those candidates have more coaching experience than Nagy, so the Bears must feel very strongly about his potential.
It’s not like Nagy has been unimpressive as a coach though. Since taking over as the Chiefs OC two seasons ago after Doug Pedersen left to take the Eagles head coaching job, the team has blossomed offensively. They were in the middle of the pack in 2016 but really took off this year, ranking 5th in total offense.
Nagy also took over playcalling duties from head coach Andy Reid this season and was mostly solid in that regard. It was strange to see Kareem Hunt receive just 11 carries on Saturday, however, which was a major reason why the Titans were able to pull off their comeback.
Still, the fact that 39-year old Nagy has earned a head coaching opportunity is remarkable. He played college football at the University of Delaware as an All-American quarterback, spending six seasons in the Arena Football League following his graduation. He bounced around four teams from 2002 to 2008, throwing for over 18,000 and 374 touchdowns.
During his downtime, he coached at a few high schools in Central Pennsylvania, eventually receiving a coaching internship with the Eagles in 2009 and a promotion to offensive quality control coach in 2011. He left with Reid for Kansas City as their QBs coach in 2013.
The Bears may be banking on Nagy having a similar impact that Sean McVay has with the Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff improved immensely under McVay’s tutelage, so maybe Mitch Trubisky can do the same with Nagy.