Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy has been named the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.
The beginning of another offseason has brought another significant loss to the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff as the Chicago Bears are the latest to hire someone from the Andy Reid coaching tree to be their head coach. This time, the Bears have named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to be their new head coach, replacing John Fox who had the position for three years himself.
Nagy interviewed with the Bears and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, one day after the Chiefs season ended in surprising fashion—an upset loss at home at Arrowhead Stadium to the visiting Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs were even up by 18 points at halftime, but still managed to blow the lead and ultimately loss the game by a final score of 22-21.
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Before the game, Nagy had been mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate for a number of places and was known as a rising young coaching star. Even Andy Reid himself had praised Nagy as a future head coach in the NFL, and the Chiefs recent offensive success with Nagy taking control of the play calling for K.C. only served to bolster that reputation.
However the Chiefs loss had supposedly put a serious dent in Nagy’s stock. Jason La Canfora, NFL analyst for CBS Sports, even mentioned that Nagy was likely going to have to return to K.C. for lack of any real job offers this offseason and that his coaching stock had taken a “massive setback” due to the latest Chiefs playoff meltdown.
Fortunately that single game didn’t upend expectations and excitement around Nagy, who is now in charge of making Mitchell Trubisky into a household name (for good reasons). Chicago’s offensive woes have plagued them for some time and Nagy will be tasked with turning around the Bears’ position in the NFC North in tandem with general manager Ryan Pace.
Two offseasons ago, the Chiefs lost Doug Pederson to be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, while last year and this year both, special teams coach Dave Toub remains another popular name garnering head coaching buzz. It remains to be seen if Toub has any official interviews.