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Bears name Chiefs assistant Nagy as new coach

Bears name Chiefs assistant Nagy as new coach

The Bears are the first team to fill a head-coaching vacancy this offseason, moving swiftly in the process.

The Chicago Bears hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the team's head coach Monday, a move that is expected to have a positive impact on QB Mitchell Trubisky and the offense. Nagy will be formally announced at a news conference on Tuesday.

Secondly, Nagy felt the Bears' roster was "much better" than the Colts' roster, which seems like the ultimate insult to an Indianapolis team that finished with a 4-12 record in 2017, compared to the Bears' 5-11 record.

These are exciting times for Bears fans, and the hope is that Nagy is the coach that Pace thinks he is.

Nagy and Reid would script the first 15 plays the Chiefs would run in their upcoming game, and those 15 plays were mapped to probe the defense to test for what might work later in the game. No one thought that Kansas City would lose to Tennessee in the wild card game Saturday afternoon. But now Nagy is flying solo - and he just aced his simulator test in front of the media by saying the failure in that loss was on him.

The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City.

"Up-and-coming, smart guy", Chiefs assistant head coach Brad Childress said of Nagy.

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The Bears had interviewed their top six coaching candidates and were sold on Nagy, the quarterback whisperer, whom they met over the weekend. They previously had heard Reid say that now Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was the play caller during the 2015 season, even though some evidence suggested that Reid was heavily involved, if not the true conductor on game days.

Nagy is limited in play-calling experience, having done so in the final four regular-season games - all wins - when Reid handed him the reins after the Chiefs had lost six of seven. He certainly deserves credit for Kareem Hunt's success, and Bieniemy has worked with a few other very talented backs over the last five years including Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware. He will be calling the plays for the Bears next season.

But those growing pains are natural for any first-time head coach, especially one who will have a lot on his mind when the offense has the ball.

Now he's the head coach of one of the most tradition-steeped teams in National Football League lore.

Nagy of course was asked about how the quarterback-relationship dynamic works, which is a subtle media trick for asking: "How are you going to make Mitch Trubisky really, really great?"

Trubisky had plenty of promising moments during his rookie campaign. He threw 26 touchdowns against just five interceptions.

As mentioned during Monday's PFT PM podcast, Nagy maybe should have opted for some extra time.


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