Bears hire Matt Nagy as head coach

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The Bears have found their next head coach.

The Bears announced that they have hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. Nagy interviewed with the Bears on Sunday, a day after the Chiefs were knocked out of the playoffs in a 22-21 loss to the Titans.

Nagy, who also interviewed with the Colts, will replace John Fox, who was fired after three years in Chicago.

Nagy has spent his entire NFL coaching career on Andy Reid’s staffs in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He became the offensive coordinator in Kansas City in 2016 and took on offensive play calling duties during the 2017 season.

That offensive background will be put to work with Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who went second overall in the 2017 draft and started the final 12 games of the season. Because Nagy comes from that side of the ball, there may be a chance that the Bears hold onto defensive coordinator Vic Fangio after their defense took a step forward during the 2017 season.

84 responses to “Bears hire Matt Nagy as head coach

  1. I wanted them to hire DeFilippo or Nagy. I’m pleased with this decision as long as they keep Fangio, which it looks like their are going to with the denied interview request from Cincinnati. Also Fangio becomes a FA tomorrow if Pace doesn’t lock him up on a new contract.

  2. This is a good hire for the Bears. Heavily invested in Trubitsky, they need an offensive minded HC. Nagy is highly regarded and is a good offensive mind. He should be able to bring out the best in Trubitsky.

  3. Andy Reid’s Tree of Failure.
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    Doug Peterson’s Eagles were about as close you could get to a lock for the NFC Championship game and possibly the SB before Wentz went down. May want to rethink that comment again big guy.

  4. “trubisky is a major flop folks.”
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    That is what people were saying Peyton Manning’s and Brett Favre’s rookie years.

  5. Interesting hire, I get all the trolling on Reid but hes been more successful than not, yeah his time management and previous play calls have been questioned, but hes funny to look at, this guy was calling the plays last week when they chose to stop running the ball in the second half, we’ll wait and see but good luck to Chicago, and Mike Wilbon.

  6. This came out of nowhere. Nagy was a solid play caller for KC this year, that WC game had Andy written all over it with 5 2nd half carries. This is probably a good hire if he learned anything from Reid about QBs. Reid has done well making bottom barrel QBs look average and average QBs look great. He draws up great game plans but then overthinks play calls with no concept of time. Pederson was with Reid for a long time and is the 1 seed in the NFC in just his 2nd year. I think Reid’s assistants learned a lot of good things from him and hopefully they learned alot about his bad habits. This is a good hire for Trubisky and the offense, that defense was solid too so if he hires a good DC the Bears will definitely be sleepers next year, although it will be tough in a very good division.

  7. Not a bad hire, but one of those wait and see choices. Definitely helps if they can keep Fangio and defensive scheme together

    Everyone saw what Sean McVay did for Jared Goff and now it’s a race to recreate that effect with an “offensive minded guru”

  8. Should the Bears ever reach the playoffs again, their coach will have that “Andy Reid Early Exit” down pat.

  9. scmems07 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    Andy Reid’s Tree of Failure.
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    Doug Peterson’s Eagles were about as close you could get to a lock for the NFC Championship game and possibly the SB before Wentz went down. May want to rethink that comment again big guy.
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    Hey scmems07,

    guess you forgot about Brad Childress and Ray Rhodes?

  10. He’s an Andy Reid disciple and he looks like a young Brad Childress — as a Vikings fan, those memories just made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  11. There is Is. I hate to see the Chiefs lose Nagy. he brought our offense to life this year. Best of Luck Matt on your bears gig. Hope it works out for ya.

  12. Timing on this is obvious. He was highly coveted by Pace as his first choice, brings an advanced level of West Coast which is perfect for Trubisky skillset. The move allows them to keep the coveted DC Fangio. Could bring Toub back home to Chicago with Chiefs ties.. also bring in a QB coach doing wonders with a young QB like Olson or DeFillipo as the OC to further expand their playbook and Trubisky’s growth. This is a good and smart signing regardless of what the other NFC North fans post on here.

  13. The rest of the NFC North hopes Nagy brings that play-calling from the 2nd half of the Chiefs-Titans game to the Bears for the entire 2018 season.

  14. That is just a poor, poor choice. One hit wonder, little experience, from a team that faded from mid-season and epically melted down in the tournament, and from a coaching tree that hasn’t exactly produced winners (Rivera is really a product of the Jim Johnson coaching tree and so is Sean McDermott).

    They might as well have just kept John Fox.

  15. therealjr says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm
    Andy Reid’s Tree of Failure.

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    Hmmm Idk about that here are some coaches who worked under Reid:

    – Ron Rivera (Former LB coach)
    – Sean McDermott (Former DC)
    – John Harbaugh (former ST coord)
    – Brad Childress (Former OC)
    – Todd Bowles (Former DC)
    – Doug Pederson (Former OC)

    I dont think any of those coaches were/are failures. Childress is the only one who isnt a HC and he had a .500 + record. Looking further the only real bad coaches for Reid that became HC were Steve Spagnulo (Former LB coach) and Pat Shurmur (QB Coach).

  16. Damn! I was hoping the Chiefs would cut fire Andy and promote this guy! Oh well…looks like another 10 win season and early exit from the playoffs again next year for KC.

  17. Isn’t this the guy who had one of the best running backs in football but spent half the season and a playoff game not giving him the ball? I’m sure Jordan Howard is thrilled.

  18. scmems07 says:

    January 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Andy Reid’s Tree of Failure.
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    Doug Peterson’s Eagles were about as close you could get to a lock for the NFC Championship game and possibly the SB before Wentz went down. May want to rethink that comment again big guy.
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    Weren’t the Eagles like 2-2 this season against winning teams? And that was with Wentz. Weak schedule.

  19. So, you hired the guy that has called plays for one season. And that season was rife with ups and downs and inconsistent play. And that offense disappeared completely with an 18 point lead. Interesting choice.

  20. He has to move from one of the most dangerous cities in America to one of the most dangerous cities.

  21. Todd Bowles, while he worked for Reid, is really a product of the Parcells coaching tree and influenced by Gibbs, who he played for in Washington.

  22. Further, defensive coaches with the Eagles, when Jim Johnson was there, are really a product of Johnson and not Reid as Reid left Johnson to run his area himself. After Johnson died, Reid was really never the same….think about that.

  23. Does Pederson get half his paycheck? Guaranty hus success in Philly made the bears say… Nagy was trained by Reid too, and look at them after 2 years.

  24. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    I wanted them to hire DeFilippo or Nagy. I’m pleased with this decision as long as they keep Fangio, which it looks like their are going to with the denied interview request from Cincinnati. Also Fangio becomes a FA tomorrow if Pace doesn’t lock him up on a new contract.

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    When I read stuff like this, I then realize you people deserve the McCaskeys as owners.

    Your GM passed on Groppolo, as a fellow Eastern Illinois grad, and then he drafted Trubisky by trading up.

    Why do you approve of such god awful owenrship?

  25. He’ll be there three seasons and the Bears will have to find a new head coach.

    No one actually believes he was calling all of the Chiefs offensive plays do they? That would be like saying the Vikings defense has been so good because the defensive coordinator George Edwards was running the show and not Mike Zimmer!

  26. A talented offensive mind and QB guru, the likes of which the Bears haven’t had since the Marc Trestman days!

  27. The Bears should be doing a full court press to keep Fangio. Because at the stroke of midnight tonight, he becomes a free agent and able to talk to other teams – including the very-interested Packers.

  28. Fruit of the poisonous Andy Reid coaching tree. Are the Bears destined for 19 years of playoff collapses now?

  29. “Doug Peterson’s Eagles were about as close you could get to a lock for the NFC Championship game and possibly the SB before Wentz went down. May want to rethink that comment again big guy.”

    McAdoo won 11 games last year. Just sayin’

  30. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    I wanted them to hire DeFilippo or Nagy. I’m pleased with this decision as long as they keep Fangio, which it looks like their are going to with the denied interview request from Cincinnati. Also Fangio becomes a FA tomorrow if Pace doesn’t lock him up on a new contract.
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    I know it’s Monday and I (allegedly) may still have some fallout from my Saturday night out on the town, but the above comment is confusing me.

    How does Fangio remaining with the Bears appear to be on the radar when they rejected him as their new head coach, and you say his contract expires after today making him a FA? How would the Bears rejecting the Bengals request to interview him hold any bearing if all he has to do is answer Cincinnati’s call tomorrow?

  31. blowfishes says:

    I know it’s Monday and I (allegedly) may still have some fallout from my Saturday night out on the town, but the above comment is confusing me.

    How does Fangio remaining with the Bears appear to be on the radar when they rejected him as their new head coach, and you say his contract expires after today making him a FA? How would the Bears rejecting the Bengals request to interview him hold any bearing if all he has to do is answer Cincinnati’s call tomorrow?
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    My only guess is the Bears must feel confident they can talk Fangio in to staying, so they don’t want to give another team a head start on trying to talk him in to leaving

  32. bondlake says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    Why not just hire a high school coach?

    Why not? It worked so well for the Browns when they hired Pettine.

  33. The criticism of Andy Reid is ludicrous. Reid has had an amazing amount of winning seasons. He remains one of the most innovative offense coaches, having continually adapted to the changing style of the NFL over the past 20 years. Reid’s critics never have been, and never will be, as successful in their meaningless jobs as he has been.

  34. scmems07 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    Andy Reid’s Tree of Failure.
    ____________________________

    Doug Peterson’s Eagles were about as close you could get to a lock for the NFC Championship game and possibly the SB before Wentz went down. May want to rethink that comment again big guy.
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    Wow… I know that Pederson (learn to spell you’re own coach’s name) used to be a back up in Green Bay, but I didn’t know he was following their mantra of “I’m a great coach… as long as I have my star QB running the show”. Yes they won a couple of games despite Nick Foles. Yes they have a good defense. Finally… yes, they will be beaten by the Falcons.

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    blowfishes says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm

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    I know it’s Monday and I (allegedly) may still have some fallout from my Saturday night out on the town, but the above comment is confusing me.

    How does Fangio remaining with the Bears appear to be on the radar when they rejected him as their new head coach, and you say his contract expires after today making him a FA? How would the Bears rejecting the Bengals request to interview him hold any bearing if all he has to do is answer Cincinnati’s call tomorrow?

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    Fangio is a Defensive Coordinator. Pace interviewed Fangio for HC. I want Pace to keep Fangio as the Defensive Coordinator. The denial of interview to Cincy is an indicator that Pace wants to retain Fangio AS DC. Make any sense yet!!!!!!

  36. Andy Reid took over play calling in the playoff game. Apparently he knew Nagy was coming to the Bears so he let Nagy call the first 15 plays then he took over to allow Nagy time to prepare for his interview that he did before the WC game. We all know what happened from there. I think hiring him quickly is so they can make their best pitch to keep Fangio on board. They better open their wallets and make him assistant head coach and the highest paid D Coordinator in the league. Get it done.

  37. These comments sound familiar. Everyone ripped on the Eagles for hiring Doug Peterson a couple years ago, criticizing his play calling, criticizing his lack of experience. Some saw it as a ho-hum hire, but most saw it as a desperate hire. Hell…one former exec called it the “worse coaching hire EVER”!
    But…as it turned out, yet another Andy Reid assistant had success and has a very good chance of being Coach of the Year in only his second year. So let’s save the criticism of this Nagy hire until he actually coaches for a couple years.

  38. hibcid16 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    scmems07 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    Andy Reid’s Tree of Failure.
    ____________________________

    Doug Peterson’s Eagles were about as close you could get to a lock for the NFC Championship game and possibly the SB before Wentz went down. May want to rethink that comment again big guy
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    Hey scmems07,

    guess you forgot about Brad Childress and Ray Rhodes?

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    Ray Rhodes? Ray Rhodes never coached under Reid.

    If you want to cherry pick, how about John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Sean McDermott? Reid is a hugely flawed game day coach but he can put together a good staff.

  39. If the truth ever comes out, which I doubt it will, you could totally tell Andy Reid was calling plays in that playoff loss. The offense looked exactly the same as it did when he gave up play calling. Run, bubble screen, TE screen, punt.

  40. I like this hire, and that they moved quickly…The 2nd.-half play calling vs. TN has Andy Reid all over it, so blaming Nagy is either sour grapes or a convenient snipe for thetrolls. I would have been okay with DiFillipo or Shurmer as well, and agree that keeping Fangio as DC is now their next priority.

  41. cardinealsfan20 says:

    January 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    The criticism of Andy Reid is ludicrous. Reid has had an amazing amount of winning seasons. He remains one of the most innovative offense coaches, having continually adapted to the changing style of the NFL over the past 20 years. Reid’s critics never have been, and never will be, as successful in their meaningless jobs as he has been.
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    See Marty Schottenheimer

  42. Get Fangio back on the staff and I’ll be fine with this hire. The Bears will be on the rise back to dominating this division with Trubisky, and I hope this new coach will be what he needs to grow and mature in the NFL. The Vikings will be a one year flash in the pan ala 1998 & 2009, and the Packers will fade as Rodgers’s age. The Lions are the only team that I worry about, since they have a great QB for many more years to come.

  43. Interesting, since “insiders” had the front-runners for the Bears job pegged as McDaniels and DeFillipo. I wish Nagy the best in turning the Bears around… he has a big job ahead to instill physical toughness, mental focus and accountability into that locker room. I also sincrely hope this is the guy Ryan Pace felt was the best for the job and not just the first guy who was available to sign a contract.

  44. tylawspick6 says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm
    ionlyrootforthewinningteam says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    I wanted them to hire DeFilippo or Nagy. I’m pleased with this decision as long as they keep Fangio, which it looks like their are going to with the denied interview request from Cincinnati. Also Fangio becomes a FA tomorrow if Pace doesn’t lock him up on a new contract.

    12 5 Rate This

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    When I read stuff like this, I then realize you people deserve the McCaskeys as owners.

    Your GM passed on Groppolo, as a fellow Eastern Illinois grad, and then he drafted Trubisky by trading up.

    Why do you approve of such god awful owenrship?

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    He didn’t say anything about the ownership, why would he about something he has zero control over. Why would you dog on him for trying to be a good fan to his team and be positive about something? Do you have manure for your brains?

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