By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Chicago Bears fans are passionate about their team, but when former head coach John Fox lead them to several losing seasons, enough was enough. A campaign starting with the hashtag #FireFox spread through Twitter, including protests for his firing.
The Bears wasted no time after the last loss to the Minnesota Vikings to release him. It was then that the hunt began for the new head coach and Matt Nagy was one of the first names mentioned.
Nagy, 39, has spent the last 10 seasons coaching in the NFL, all under head coach Andy Reid, who was with the Philadelphia Eagles and now the Kansas City Chiefs. But out of all the candidates interviewed, including Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur, John DeFilippo, George Edwards and even their own defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Nagy had the golden ticket and here is why:
- Success comes from the Andy Reid tree. Coach Andy Reid has been a successful head coach. He was the quarterback’s coach for the Green Bay Packers led by Brett Favre in 1997, the season the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI. When he left for Philadelphia two years later, his elite team in 2000 spawned off a tree of head coaches including Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier, John Harbaugh, Sean McDermott, Ron Rivera, Pat Shurmur, Steve Spagnuolo, Todd Bowles, Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy.
- He is the true quarterback whisperer. There is nothing like teaching someone something you are passionate about. Nagy loves football, and when it comes to throwing the ball he knows how to whisper the secrets into a playmaker. No one thought that Alex Smith had the makings of an elite QB, but ever since he went from San Francisco to Kansas City, he has shot up the ranks in stealth mode. For five years Smith has thrown over 3000 yards and in 2017 he reached over 4,000 passing yards. He has less than 8 interceptions in five years and currently holds a 104.7 quarterback rating. Thanks to Nagy’s coaching.
Just imagine what he could do for Mitchell Trubisky in 2018. Trubisky has already shown flashes of mobility and quick thinking. Nagy will use that passion and momentum to fuel what is already there. The franchise QB Chicago needs to take them to the postseason and beyond.
- He challenges himself and his offense to make big plays. One thing the Bears have lacked for the past several years is great offensive play calling. During the Bears winning heydays, it was all about the smashmouth offense. But Nagy is a West Coast offensive guy who loves to pass a lot but infuses some smashmouth play calling with the right running back. Nagy had that last season with Kareem Hunt who ran for over 1300 rushing yards. Imagine what he could do with big back Jordan Howard!
With the Chiefs, Nagy used wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce to maximize his passing plays, both totaling over a thousand yards each. There is no doubt that Nagy will develop and utilize rookie tight end Adam Shaheen as he did Kelce. It will probably be the young man’s true play-making season. The plays and schemes Nagy will design for WR/RB Tarik Cohen will keep Bears fans on their feet.
With the right pieces in place, the Chicago Bears can go all the Nagy-way.
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