Matt Nagy went straight from heartbreak to a new job

AP

After the Chiefs blew a 21-3 lead in a game during which Matt Nagy called all of the offensive plays, leaving Nagy “numb,” the Bears offered to delay by a day or two his interview, in order to allow him to process the disappointing end to his team’s season. When presented with that opportunity, Nagy had a different thought.

He wanted to move the interview even earlier.

So the Bears met with Nagy in Kansas City from 8:00 a.m. local time until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, with dinner later that night. By the next morning, Nagy had been offered — and had accepted — the job.

The Bears, based on introductory remarks from G.M. Ryan Pace at the press conference introducing Nagy as the 15th coach of the franchise (and the third in five years), seemed to already know that they wanted Nagy. Nagy didn’t need very long to know he wanted the Bears.

As mentioned during Monday’s PFT PM podcast, Nagy maybe should have opted for some extra time. Beyond the fact that it’s never good to make important life decisions within a day or two after experiencing the kind of failure that causes any competent and rational person to wonder whether they are actually incompetent and irrational, Nagy may have had other choices, including waiting for the next hiring cycle.

Instead, Nagy pounced on the first organization to tell him, essentially, “We believe in you even though you really didn’t do a very good job in a big spot last night.”

It was clear from Nagy’s first-ever Bears press conference, which featured few memorable moments or glimpses of a man who will command the locker room the way the likes of Ditka or Halas once did, that Nagy was thrilled to be given a chance to fulfill his dream to be an NFL head coach. So what if there may have been better options for Nagy? So what if there’s a confusing dynamic in the organization regarding the accountability of the General Manager (who received an extension on the same day the last coach got a pink slip) for the failure to develop a successful franchise? So what if the rumors and rumblings persist that longtime team president Ted Phillips, who claims to not meddle, actually does?

Nagy, who first became a full-time coach in 2009, wanted to be an NFL head coach. There are only 32 of those jobs. Thus, regardless of whether it was the best choice for Nagy (who admitted that he hasn’t had the time to research any of the vacant jobs), it was a vacant head-coaching job, he wanted the job, and the team wanted him.

Pace spoke about the fit with Nagy, and the fact that Nagy rushed to accept a job that may have caused a candidate with other options to step back and ask some tough questions made for the right fit: Someone who will gladly accept the assignment despite the very real concerns regarding a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010, and that has only four postseason appearances since Phillips became the president of the team.

None of this means Nagy won’t thrive. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has said Nagy is the best coaching candidate Reid has ever worked with, and his coaching tree includes names like John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Sean McDermott, Doug Pederson, and Todd Bowles.

So we’ll give Nagy the benefit of the doubt moving forward. But given the team’s history and Nagy’s inexperience, it’s fair to be skeptical about whether this one will go any better than it did with the last two coaches.

39 responses to “Matt Nagy went straight from heartbreak to a new job

  1. Nagy didn’t call all of the offensive plays, unless “calling all of the offensive plays” means that he was the one that relayed them from Reid to Smith.

  2. His performance as a play caller should have made the Bears take a day or two before they called *HIM*!

    Even the Browns are suddenly making good decisions. Apologies to Ross Perot, but that giant sucking sound isn’t jobs moving south to Mexico….it’s the sound of the Factory of Sadness moving west to Chicago.

  3. Nagy is no fool. He knows when he is marrying up, even if it is the Bears.

    Eight years ago this guy was an intern with the Eagles. And if he was calling the plays for the Chiefs in the second half last weekend, he’d be the last guy I’d be looking at.

  4. robertlseverson says:
    January 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Even the Browns are suddenly making good decisions.
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    Not sure the Browns keeping 1-31 Hue is a good decision. It’s certainly not a better decision than the Bears hiring Nagy.

  5. I fail to see why it’s a problem when he was hired/interviewed or any of this nonsense. The Bears clearly loved the guy and he jumped on the first chance to fulfill his dream.

  6. So, Mike, what your are telling us is that, if NBC offered you the job as head of NBC Sports, you would wait before taking it to see if ABC, ESPN, or any others wanted you? Get outta here, you would take it in a heartbeat, as would any of the rest of us.

  7. Nagy wanted a head coaching job, the Bears wanted to get a HC signed ASAP to salvage any chance of keeping Vic Fangio in the fold before his contract expired at the end of the day Monday. Nagy is on record saying Trubisky can be a franchise QB so that is definitely what Ryan Pace wanted to hear. This has a strong smell of a marriage of expediency but if Nagy has the Bears in the playoffs in 2018 it will have all worked out. As a Bears fan I really hope it does.

  8. The Packers, Vikings and Lions thank the Bears for this move. Chicago now has the chance to take over for the Cleveland Browns as the laughing stock of the NFL.

  9. …the problem is…..its the Bears. Ted Phillips has his fingerprints all over this and Ted could mess up a wet dream.

  10. I would like to know Mike how you know Nagey was calling the plays. It sure appeared to me every time the camera was on Reid that he was calling the plays. Now go back and look at Reid on the sideline when he first gave up play calling. I guarantee you will see a difference. Reid could / would not give up play calling for the playoffs and it blew up in the Chiefs face.

    That loss looked identical to the 2014 loss to Indy. Problem with Reid is when he gets a lead he goes into don’t lose mode. It’s one of the reasons I like Belichick so much. He understands that having the lead doesn’t guarantee a win, his foot never leaves the throttle. I know other people complain that it’s unsportsmanlike, but guess who never blew a 28 point lead in the playoffs.

  11. mmack66 says:

    January 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    robertlseverson says:
    January 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Even the Browns are suddenly making good decisions.
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    Not sure the Browns keeping 1-31 Hue is a good decision. It’s certainly not a better decision than the Bears hiring Nagy.

    *******

    Hey! I merely said “decisions”…don’t read that I (or anyone else with an IQ equal to that of a roll of old masking tape) think that ALL their decisions of the last 8 weeks have been good ones. But, hiring Dorsey, Alonzo Hi ghsmith and likely Eliot Wolf after jettisoning the “moneyball” crew is a huge step forward. Considering all their picks coming up and assuming that 25% of their existing roster is worth more than a handful of rivets, the Browns could actually make the playoffs in 2-3 seasons. Dorsey will certainly fire HJ next year if the team fails to win more than 6 games, especially if there isn’t discernable growth through the season.

    Mark my words, the Factory of Sadness will soon be shuttered.

  12. Mike is getting lazy. His argument is weak. In essence he’s saying….Bears haven’t been to the playoffs for eight years and the GM may be overshadowed by the team president. Therefore, Nagy should have passed on this job. What? By that logic, Belichick, Holmgren, and Dungy should have passed on the Patriots, Packers and Colts when they had the opportunity roughly 15-20 years ago. All three coaches were joining teams with terrible historical records and GM’s none of us can name.

    Never in the history of football has a winning team given a head coaching job to a newby AND included GM control.

    Mike needs to take a little more time to come up with something more value added to say before putting pen to paper. Sloppy.

  13. Again, when I saw that he was an Andy Reid protégé and looked like a young Brad Childress, this Viking fan had some very wicked and frightening flashbacks.

  14. So Nagy was the coach who called all the offensive plays in a game when the Chiefs blew a 21-3 lead? But prior to that, Andy Reid was the problem, and Nagy was the savior. I think it’s both of those coach’s who are responsible for the fact that Alex Smith only has 2 playoff wins in 13 years.

  15. mmack66 says:
    January 9, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    Nagy didn’t call all of the offensive plays, unless “calling all of the offensive plays” means that he was the one that relayed them from Reid to Smith.

    27 9 Rate This

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    Not according to Andy Reid.

  16. “Even the Browns are suddenly making good decisions”

    Your honor, I present Hue Jackson as evidence to contradict the plaintiff’s statement.

  17. I didn’t see other teams knocking on his door. It’s musical chairs. Worst comes to worst, a few years from now he’s an OC again in college or the NFL or something.

    He just got probably 6 million plus reasons if not more. I’ll take lottery when handed to me. It may never come again and if he does well, he will hit the lottery again. Incredibly smart move, regardless of franchise stability.

  18. whatjusthapped says:
    January 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    The Packers, Vikings and Lions thank the Bears for this move. Chicago now has the chance to take over for the Cleveland Browns as the laughing stock of the NFL.
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    This coming from someone who can’t spell his screen name right?

  19. atlantablewa28to3lead says:
    January 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Minnesota has just become the NFC North’s version of New England until proven otherwise
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    They’re still just the never won anything Vikings, until proven otherwise.

  20. I need to find it but I saw someone say that Nagy called the first half and Reid called the second half.If true then it figures on why they lost. If not then….

  21. Remember him well as a very smart Arena Football QB – loved him on the Georgia Force. Interesting tidbit – the coach of the Georgia Force then was none other than a very famous former Bears player, Doug Plank, for whom the ’46 Defense’ was named.

  22. My guess is the Bears hired him before the playoff game. So Andy says “Hey, help me script the first 15 plays like we always do. Then I will call the rest so you can think about your new job.”

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