Nagy interviewed with Bears GM Ryan Pace Sunday morning, and the team moved quickly to let the first domino fall of the coaching carousel Monday.
Nagy started his tenure with the Chiefs in 2013 as the team’s quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016. In his five years under Nagy, Alex Smith has helped produce four double-digit-victory seasons. In 2017, he had a career-high quarterback rating of 104.7 and threw for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just five picks.
Prior to his time in Kansas City, Nagy was with the Eagles as a coaching intern in 2008 and 2009, a coaches’ assistant in 2010, and the offensive quality control coach from 2011-2012.
Nagy hasn’t been one of the bigger names in this coaching cycle, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good get for the Bears. He’s now the sixth current NFL head coach to come from the Andy Reid coaching tree, following in the footsteps of John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Todd Bowles, Doug Pederson, and Sean McDermott.
Why Matt Nagy?
Nagy took the West Coast offense, but put his own spin on it. He’s 39 years old, and appears to be one of the younger minds that could be climbing the coaching ranks.
“I think he thinks a little different from coach (Reid) and kind of adds to that, where now you’re kind of getting some of the spice that’s not your typical West Coast offense,” Smith told the Kansas City Star.
He’s also a player favorite. “Awesome — killer,” Smith said. “When he got to be up in the room in front of everybody as a coordinator, you never know how guys are going to handle that. I think the thing all of us appreciate is that he didn’t even blink.”
Reid — who has been calling plays throughout his career — thought enough of Nagy to pass him play-calling duties in December. Despite losing in his first game calling plays, the Chiefs still scored 31 points against the Jets, and helped the Chiefs break out of their offensive slump.
Here’s how the Kansas City offense finished the season under Nagy:
What will Nagy have to work with in Chicago?
He’s going to have a chance to really mold the Bears. They traded up to get Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and now Nagy has the opportunity to help him grow going into his second season and first as full-time starter. Trubisky took over for Mike Glennon in the middle of this past season.
In the backfield, Nagy will have one of the best running back duos in the NFL in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. The Bears took Howard in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Indiana, and Cohen in the fourth round of the 2017 draft from North Carolina A&T.
Combined, the two tallied 1,592 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, as well as 478 yards through the air. This offseason, you can expect the Bears to try to get Trubisky help on the outside, as Kendall Wright was their best receiver this season with 614 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, there’s not quite as much work to be done. The Bears were 10th in total defense, allowing 319 yards per game.
The Bears have the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, and could go a variety of ways with the pick. But the Bears seem like a fairly good fit for Nagy, who will have a fresh slate to work with.