Coach of the year: Matt Nagy

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Be You, indeed.

First-year Bears coach Matt Nagy followed that self-imposed decree all year long, and it worked. That’s not how it looked like it was going to go.

The Bears officially introduced coach Matt Nagy on the same day the Raiders officially re-introduced Jon Gruden. And Gruden, a seasoned broadcaster after nine years with ESPN, gave a press conference that blew Nagy’s away. Proving yet again that winning a press conference doesn’t mean squat.

The Bears won the NFC North, the Raiders struggled at the bottom of the NFL. And Nagy is the PFT 2018 coach of the year.

The award typically hinges on whether and to what extent a team exceeds the generally accepted expectations entering the season. Several teams did; none did it like the Bears.

The trade for pass rusher Khalil Mack helped beef up the defense, and Nagy’s expertise running an offense gave the Bears something they haven’t had much of in recent decades. Something they’ll have for the next decade or so, if Mitchell Trubisky continues to develop.

Other coaches who received serious consideration include Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Saints coach Sean Payton, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh. At the end of the day, Nagy did more with the Bears relative to what was anticipated than anyone else. And so, for the second straight year, a first-year coach wins the award.

With eight new coaches coming in 2019, there’s a 25 percent chance it will happen again.

16 responses to “Coach of the year: Matt Nagy

  1. I guess Pete Carroll will just never get this award. Sad because he took a team everyone had as a rebuild/cellar dweller and got them into the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Nagy is deserving but I’m salty about it.

  2. Actually Doug Peterson keeping his team up and in the hunt with the amount of injuries Philadelphia had should get the award. He should have gotten it last year for sure. This crap that Philadelphia backed into these playoffs because they won three games less than Chicago and Dallas is media BS. Five and one in last six soon to be six and one.

  3. Pete Carroll didn’t win with a 13 and 3 record and a superbowl win…the next year the winner had 11 wins and seahawks had 12 wins…rivera won the award twice, Arians won the award twice…a number of prognosticators had the seahawks winning 4 games this year and look where they are…this is an award of no credible validity..too bad.

  4. The Bears have been blown way out of proportion by the media, they’ll be sitting at home soon enough with no 1st round picks this coming draft and next too.

  5. cdawg1969 says:
    January 2, 2019 at 6:22 pm
    No mention of Frank Reich in Indy?
    *******

    Reich did a terrible job. Colts had easiest schedule and the last time Andrew Luck played a full year the colts went 11-5 3 different seasons before Reich showed up

  6. The Coach of the Year is Frank Reich. Took a team that was an absolute dumpster fire before he took over to the playoffs. And not even a mention?

  7. “Doug Peterson keeping his team up and in the hunt with the amount of injuries Philadelphia had should get the award.”

    Every team has injuries, you know that, right? Someone was on here yesterday saying Les Snead should be GM of the year for overcoming the Cooper Kupp injury.

  8. Coming from a Chicago Fan, Nagy has brought a chemistry and Aura to Chicago which hasn’t been present in over a decade. He’s made a couple bone headed coaching moments in games but this is his first year as head coach. Taking this team from worst to first has been glorious. Easily my top candidate for coach of the year. Although I have to give a shout out to Frank Reich. Indy should be thankful they got him instead of McDaniels as I think McDaniels is a fraud of a HC.

  9. Peter Jones says:
    January 3, 2019 at 2:30 am
    Pederson did the best job by far eagles had a 1-15 roster
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    No, they didn’t. They are the defending Super Bowl champions that went 13-3 a year ago and should have won their division again easily this year, but Pederson couldn’t motivate his guys.

  10. vincespowersweep says:
    January 3, 2019 at 5:17 am
    The Coach of the Year is Frank Reich. Took a team that was an absolute dumpster fire before he took over to the playoffs. And not even a mention?

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    colts won 2 games the year before luck was drafted in his first year colts went 11-5 reich did a bad job this year

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