Matt Nagy New Bears Head Coach
The Chicago Bears named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy their new head coach on Monday. Nagy is 39 years old and has coached under Andy Ried his entire career. It was Nagy who was awarded the play-calling duty for the final stretch of the 2017 season which jumpstarted the Chiefs offense the final four games which lead them to a playoff opportunity. However, the Chiefs did just blow a 21-3 lead in a first-round playoff loss to the Titans, a meltdown that Andy Reid himself said the team should have ran the ball more. Following a postseason defeat, Reid was asked why the running game wasn’t more of a factor:
“Could we have called him more? Yeah, we look back at it and maybe we could have. Maybe we could have handed it to him more,” Reid said of the running plays for Hunt.
Andy, in so many words, took responsibility for the playcalling meltdown and was seen along the sidelines very actively involved in the decision making of the offense in the Chiefs playoff loss. In other words, Nagy is not being fully blamed for the flat second half performance.
Nagy was a record-setting quarterback in college at Delaware, who started as an intern in 2008 for Reid’s Eagles. He followed Reid to the Chiefs, starting off as their quarterback’s coach in 2013 before being promoted to offensive coordinator last season.
The interview must have gone extremely well because Nagy’s resume is a little light as far as qualifications go. The NFL is a copycat league and after the success of Rams coach Sean McVay, the Bears may have felt getting younger would a smarter move with the development of Mitchell Trubisky being their franchise QB. Obviously being a former quarterback it’s safe to say Nagy will focus on mentoring Trubisky, however as far as playcalling goes, when Nagy did take over during the final stretch of the season for the Chiefs, Kareem Hunt was given a heavy workload. Not only did Hunt see a large number of carries (weeks 14-16: 25, 24, 29) but he was very active in the passing game. John Fox has always been considered a defensive mind coach with his many years as a Defensive coordinator and DB coach, so the move to bring in an offensive guy to lead the team could be a smart move in terms of fantasy. It’ll be interesting to see what the Bears do in free agency and with the 5th overall pick in this years NFL Draft.