Five things to know about new Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy
Jan 10 2018
Nagy comes from a long line of successful assistants under Reid, including John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Todd Bowles, Sean McDermott, Doug Pederson and Steve Spagnuolo.
Other head-coaching candidates the Bears were known to have interviewed included New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and Vikings defensive coordinator George Stewart. He's been Andy Reid's running backs coach since he arrived in Kansas City back in 2013.
"He thinks a little different from Coach (Reid) and kind of adds to that, where now you're getting some of the spice that's not your typical West Coast offense", Smith told the Kansas City Star.
Nagy coached in high school and was still working in real estate when he served as a coaching intern with the Eagles during training camp in 2008 and 2009. 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.
For Nagy's sake, hopefully the Bears appreciate him enough to start winning games. After all, in their eyes, we now know that this is the rotten scoundrel who failed to give Kareem Hunt more than five carries after the first quarter when the Chiefs were up 14-0. But Nagy also was willing to be humble and accountable, putting the blame on his own shoulders, in what was an impressive first showing.
Chicago hopes Nagy does the same for Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense.
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. That is the type of offense Trubisky was in while at North Carolina.
Nagy did a good job helping Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
But in that answer, Nagy laid out the three elements he thought were most important - trust, honesty and communication.
Another possible reason for the timing of the move: the status of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. "When there's gray area, bad things happen". Does he still want to be in Chicago after being passed up? Around the same time, a rumor also leaked that Brad Childress was on the verge of retiring from the National Football League, leaving the Chiefs without two senior voices on the offensive side of the coaching staff. He emerged as their top choice after meeting with the team on Monday.
Nagy's fun approach and ability to communicate and relate quickly won over the K.C. locker room. Nagy made it clear, though, that everyone will be held accountable, no one more than himself, and that should be an excellent situation in which Trubisky can grow.