Jan. 24, 2018
Matt Nagy: Chicago Bears New Head Coach
After a full week of interviewing head coaching candidates, Ryan Pace has made a decision to announce Matt Nagy as the new head coach. Bears GM Ryan Pace interviewed him on Sunday after the loss to the Tennessee Titans. Before being selected as HC, Nagy recently called plays in Kansas City for Head Coach Andy Reid. Nagy was an assistant with Andy Reid since 2010. Reid has a great coaching tree with assistant coaches that went on and become successful head coaches such as John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, and Doug Pederson. Assuming that Nagy been with Reid for a very long time, he may have learned some things from Reid that he can bring to the Bears. Nagy is known for making the offense effective for the past 2 years when he was the offensive coordinator. This season, the Chiefs were 5th in total offensive yards and 6th in points scored with 25.9 points per game. He also is known for developing Chiefs QB Alex Smith into one of the league's top quarterbacks. Smith posted best numbers in his career under the guidance of Matt Nagy with 4,042 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions, completing 67% of his passes.
Ryan Pace believed Matt Nagy would be the best coach for Mitchell Trubisky's development. During the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chiefs were reportedly very interested in Trubisky. Nagy believed that he can win big with Trubisky as his QB, yet the Bears drafted Trubisky 2nd overall leaving the Chiefs to take Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes made his debut under Nagy and he threw for 284 yards and completing 62% of his passes, but he did threw an interception with no TDs against a very good Broncos defense. Despite the numbers being average, this shows that Mahomes has potential to be a good quarterback in this league. Now that Trubisky has Nagy as his play-caller, the future will look bright for Chicago.
The only problem with Nagy is the coaches he will bring in as the assistants. Bears are reportedly trying really hard to bring back defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio made the Bears a top-10 defense without having any real superstar on that them. If Fangio comes back, it would an absolute home-run for the whole Bears organization. Nagy would focus on the offensive side of the ball while Fangio could continue working with the defense. If Fangio doesn't then, they could try to purse Mike Pettine who is a 3-4 specialist. When he was the DC for Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Both teams were top-10 defenses. He was also a Head Coach for Cleveland Browns and won 7 games in his first season. Unfortunately, he finished 3-13 in his 2nd season causing him to be fired.