The Chicago Bears have named Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. The former offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs will be introduced to the public at a press conference on Tuesday.
General manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy on Sunday morning in Kansas City, following the completion of the Chiefs season.
Nagy, 39, spent five seasons with the Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid, first working as the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2013-2015, and the past two years as the offensive coordinator. In 2016, he served as co-offensive coordinator with Brad Childress; in 2017 he was the sole coach in that role. Under Nagy’s guidance, Kanas City quarterback Alex Smith has posted the best numbers of his career. Smith led the NFL in quarterback rating this year with a mark of 104.7, and has completed more than 65 percent of his passes in each of the past four seasons.
Nagy began calling plays for the Chiefs offense during the 2017 season, and Kansas City had the fewest turnovers in the NFL while averaging more than 6.0 yards per play this past year. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt led the NFL in rushing during the regular season with 1,327 yards on the ground, while Smith threw a career-high 26 touchdowns. The 25.9 points per game the Chiefs averaged this season under Nagy’s coordination ranked sixth in the league.
The Chiefs made the postseason four times in Nagy’s five years with the club.
Before arriving in Kansas City, Nagy worked with Reid for the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons. In 2011 and 2012, he was the team’s offensive quality control coach, where he worked with quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Prior to that he was a coaches assistant for Philadelphia in 2010. In 2008 and 2009, Nagy got an introduction to the job by serving as a coaching intern at Eagles training camp.
Nagy will be the sixth current NFL head coach to have previously been an assistant under Reid, joining Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, Carolina’s Ron Rivera, the New York Jets’ Todd Bowles, Philadelphia’s Doug Pederson, and Buffalo’s Sean McDermott.
Prior to coaching at the professional level, Nagy played quarterback in the Arena Football League. He was a member of the New York Dragons, Carolina Cobras, Georgia Force and Columbus Destroyers from 2002-2008. As an AFL quarterback, Nagy threw for more than 18,000 yards and threw 374 touchdowns. He earned second-team All-Arena in 2005 while playing for the Georgia Force. Nagy also served as an assistant coach at the high school level while playing in the AFL, working for three different schools during that time.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in health and physical education, Nagy played quarterback for the Blue Hens, where he set several school records, including career passing yards (8, 214) and touchdowns (58). As a senior, Nagy was named an All-American for his play.