Eagles center Jason Kelce delivered an epic speech at Philadelphia’s Super Bowl parade. But Bears fans no doubt will be more interested in what his younger brother recently had to say.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce praised new Bears coach Matt Nagy, who served as Kansas City’s co-offensive coordinator in 2016 and offensive coordinator in 2017 under coach Andy Reid.
This past season Nagy helped Chiefs veteran quarterback Alex Smith lead the NFL with a 104.7 passer rating and running back Kareem Hunt top the league with 1,327 yards.
“I think Matt’s a hell of a coach,” Travis Kelce told ChicagoBears.com. “I think he could be Doug Pederson 2.0, to be honest, especially with the quarterback.”
After serving as Chiefs offensive coordinator from 2013-15, Pederson left Kansas City to become Eagles head coach in 2016. In his second season in Philadelphia, he led the franchise to its first Super Bowl championship, in large part due to his work with the team’s quarterbacks.
Second-year pro Carson Wentz was an NFL MVP candidate when he tore his ACL in a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, having completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 101.9 passer rating.
Though most outsiders felt that Wentz’s injury extinguished any realistic chance of the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, backup Nick Foles stepped in and helped lead Philadelphia to the title. Foles was named Super Bowl LII MVP after completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns and also catching a TD pass on a trick play.
The Bears are hoping that Nagy has a similar effect on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who showed promise as a rookie after arriving in Chicago as the second pick in last year’s draft. In 12 starts, Trubisky connected on 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 77.5 passer rating.
Working with Nagy last season in Kansas City, Kelce caught 83 passes for 1,038 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. In 2018, Kelce will be rooting for his former coach to do well with the Bears.
“I’d like to see him have all the success possible just because of how much I loved him as a coach,” Kelce said.