It appears that the search for a replacement for John Fox took just a week for Ryan Pace.
On Monday, the Bears officially announced Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. The team will hold an introductory news conference at Halas Hall on Tuesday.
Nagy has been the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs the last two seasons. Before that, he served as quarterbacks coach in Kansas City from 2013-2015.
In 2017, Nagy had tremendous success with the Chiefs as they were fifth in the NFL in total yardage (375.4) and sixth in points (25.9) per game. Kansas City won the AFC West but lost in their Wild Card game Saturday to the Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.
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The Chiefs’ offense had a strong year, with running back Kareem Hunt rushing for over 1300 yards and quarterback Alex Smith throwing for over 4000.
Smith led the NFL with a career-high 104.7 passer rating under Nagy, who has spent 10 seasons coaching under Andy Reid and has generated interest league-wide.
Chicago prioritized hiring an offensive-minded coach after the failed John Fox era in an effort to maximize QB Mitchell Trubisky’s skill set as he enters his second season. The Bears are doing their best to duplicate the Rams’ success this season after Los Angeles moved to a younger and more innovative offensive philosophy with QB Jared Goff.
The first priority for Nagy is to try and help identify weapons to give Trubisky to continue to grow in the NFL. It was a rocky season for the rookie but his receiving corps was very poor throughout the season. Hopefully for Nagy, receiver Cameron Meredith can make a full recovery from a knee injury suffered last year in the preseason. After seeing what Kareem Hunt did for Kansas City, Bears fans have to have some hope that Nagy can do similar work with the running back tandem of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
The terms of Nagy’s deal have not yet been announced.
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