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Matt Nagy’s Den, January 9, 2018

Today is all Matt Nagy, all the time here in the Bear’s Den, so join us for a zillion Nagy links.

NFL: Pro Bowl-Team Rice Practice
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4), Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy (C) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talk during Team Rice practice for the 2016 Pro Bowl at the Turtle Bay Resort.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ken’s Note: Sorry about the picture, it’s the only one I could find of Matt Nagy where he wasn’t wearing Chiefs gear. I’ve never featured a person in opposing team’s gear as a Den lead picture (unless a Bear was crushing them or something) and I never will. This is the BEARS Den.



Finley: Why the Chiefs’ Matt Nagy makes sense as the Bears’ next head coach - Chicago Sun-Times - Here’s why 39-year-old Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy makes sense as John Fox’s replacement:

Finley: The timeline for how Chicago found its next head coach - Chicago Sun-Times - How the Bears’ week-long coaching search landed on Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy

Cahill: Was it Matt Nagy’s love for Mitch Trubisky that got him hired? - Chicago Sun Times - The Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky pairing was a long time in the making, but it finally came together on Monday.

Finley: No head coaching experience for Matt Nagy is nothing new for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Even by assistant coach standards, Matt Nagy comes to the Bears with little experience. He’ll fit right in.

Cahill: Bears’ hiring of Matt Nagy gets mixed reaction on social media | Chicago Sun-Times - While it seems most Bears fans will take a wait-and-see approach with Matt Nagy, others voiced strong opinions about the Bears’ 16th coach in. Ken’s Note: Every statement, every time, everywhere, always gets mixed reviews on social media.

Haugh: Don’t flip out, Bears fans, but most compelling candidate not always most qualified one - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears reach the end of the first week of their coaching search, John DeFilippo emerged as the most compelling candidate - but who’s the most qualified? A look at the six men the Bears have interviewed, so far.

Maske: Taking a look ahead to the NFL’s divisional round matchups - Chicago Tribune - It’s on to Titans at Patriots and Jaguars at Steelers in the AFC, and Falcons at Eagles and Saints at Vikings in the NFC.

Thompson: Matt Nagy - 10 things to know about the new Bears coach - Chicago Tribun - Ten things to know about new Bears head coach Matt Nagy, the former Chiefs offensive coordinator.

Perez: Three reasons why Bears made the right decision hiring Matt Nagy - Bears Wire - A look at three reasons why Matt Nagy was the right hire by the Chicago Bears

Kaberon: Seven things to know about Coach Nagy - ESPN - From a college career at Delaware to his role as Chiefs OC, there’s a lot to learn about the resume of new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy.

Kaberon: Bears name Nagy franchise’s next head coach - - Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy has been named the 16th head coach in Bears franchise history.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears name former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy head coach - ESPN - The Bears have named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy their new head coach, replacing John Fox, who was fired after going 14-34 in three seasons.

Teicher: Here’s what Bears fans can expect from Matt Nagy - ESPN - The Bears’ new head coach is known for his successful work with quarterbacks and could help Mitch Trubisky reach the next level.

Hawley: Bears name Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy new head coach - WGN-TV - It appears that the search for a replacement for John Fox took just a week for Ryan Pace, as the Bears officially announced Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history.

Wood: Bears Offense Found Better Balance in 2nd Half of 2017 - Da Bears Blog - When the Bears were on their bye week back in November, I looked at Chicago’s play-calling tendencies over rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s first four starts. In that study, I found that Dowell Loggains’ offense had been incredibly predictable through those four games. The team basically ran the ball if it was 1st or 2nd down and 10 or less and threw it if it was 2nd and 11+ or third down and anything.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Breaking down the Bears’ hiring of Matt Nagy - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge break down the Bears’ hiring of new coach Matt Nagy.

Tidwell: Introducing Matt Nagy – Your 16th Chicago Bears Head Coach - Da Bears Brothers - Within a day of his interview, former Chiefs offensive coordinator was hired as the 16th head coach in Bears history. Nagy should make an immediate impact.

Reisman: Chicago Bears hire Matt Nagy as head coach - Pride Of Detroit - The NFC North has its first new head coach.

La Canfora: Coach searches come into focus as teams wait on the Patriots; and more notes - - I reached out to several current and former NFL execs -- including many who have been involved in coaching searches -- and they all agreed that the Chiefs’ debacle Saturday night was a massive setback for their coordinator, Matt Nagy, but on Monday the Bears hired Nagy as their coach, replacing John Fox. The young play-caller was part of blowing an 18-point lead at home to a middling opponent with no passing game of its own, and systematically ignoring the league’s leading rusher in the process. “You can’t hire him now,” one grizzled front office exec said prior to the Bears hiring Nagy. “No way.” Ken’s Note: Can ANYBODY please explain to me why Jason La Canfora is still paid by somebody to write about the NFL. He’s been so very, very wrong so very, very many times.

Paylor: What Bears can expect from Matt Nagy - KC Chiefs OC candidates - The Kansas City Star - Kudos to Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace for hiring Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. It’s a smart move.

Swanson: The Matt Nagy effect for the Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride - The Run Pass Option was a hot item heading into the 2017 season. Articles were popping up everywhere about a college trend that started making its way into the NFL last season.

Kissel: The Six Conversations That Changed Matt Nagy’s Life - - All Matt Nagy ever wanted was an opportunity to show what he could do at the highest level of football he could reach in that moment.

Kane: ‘He puts his own flair in it’ - What’s been said about new Bears coach Matt Nagy - Chicago Tribune - At just 39 years old, Matt Nagy already has had an eventful career path as he rose from an Arena Football League quarterback to the Chiefs offensive coordinator to the Bears’ new leader.

Biggs: There’s a small window for Bears to sew up a deal for Vic Fangio - Chicago Tribune - The Bears made it known to prospective candidates they were interested in the possibility of retaining Vic Fangio, whose contract expired at the end of the season.

Haugh: Andy Reid’s endorsement the top reason to believe Bears hired the right guy in Matt Nagy - Chicago Tribune - Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s stamp of approval goes a long way toward believing the Bears made a solid hire in Matt Nagy as the team’s 16th head coach.

Rosenbloom: Bears GM Ryan Pace bets his job on Matt Nagy - Chicago Tribune - Say this for Ryan Pace: The Bears GM is not playing it safe with his job. Pace fired aging John Fox and went in the other direction to replace him.

Biggs: Bears hire Matt Nagy as franchise’s 16th head coach - Chicago Tribune - A week after the Bears set out to find the 16th head coach in franchise history, they have their man. The team named Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, 39, as the next head coach after a week-long search.

LeGere: Chicago Bears hire Kansas City’s Matt Nagy as new head coach - Daily Herald - Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, 39, is the Chicago Bears’ new head coach, team officials confirmed Monday. Nagy was the sixth and last NFL assistant to interview with Bears general manager Ryan Pace.

Seligman: Chicago Bears hire Chiefs assistant Matt Nagy as coach - The Rock River Times - The Chicago Bears hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach Monday, hoping he can help a floundering NFL franchise emerge from one of the worst runs in its history.

Analyzing Matt Nagy’s fit with Mitch Trubisky and the Bears - NBC Sports Chicago - In the wake of the news that Matt Nagy is the Bears’ new head coach, the NBC Sports Chicago crew breaks down the signing.

Mullin: In more ways than one, Matt Nagy fits with what Ryan Pace and Bears are trying to do - NBC Sports Chicago - In more ways than one, Matt Nagy is a good fit for what Ryan Pace and the Bears are trying to do as they move on from the John Fox Era.

Podcast: Instant reaction to the Bears hiring Matt Nagy - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin react to the Bears’ new head coach (Matt Nagy) and what it means for the franchise moving forward.

Duber: Bears hoping Matt Nagy is latest success story from Andy Reid’s coaching tree - NBC Sports Chicago - Will Matt Nagy follow in a long line of former Andy Reid assistants to have success as a head coach? The Bears sure hope so.

Duber: Bears hire Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as new head coach - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears announced Monday that Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy is their new head coach.

Emma: After Hiring Matt Nagy, Bears’ Attention Turns To Vic Fangio - CBS Chicago - Fangio is set to become available to other suitors by Tuesday, but the Bears could retain him as defensive coordinator.

Bears Hire Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Matt Nagy As Head Coach - CBS Chicago - Nagy has spent his entire NFL coaching career working under Andy Reid.

Emma: Empowered Ryan Pace Led Bears To Matt Nagy In Decisive Process - CBS Chicago - A coaching search ended in one week for Pace and the Bears, who hired Nagy on Monday.

Arthur Arkush: Five questions for new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy to quickly answer - Pro Football Weekly - The Bears found their guy. Now it’s time for Nagy to share his vision for turning team around...

Gabriel: What to expect from Matt Nagy, new Chicago Bears head coach - Pro Football Weekly - Look for Nagy to institute run-pass option plays for Mitch Trubisky

Edholm: Chicago Bears hire Kansas City Chiefs’ Matt Nagy as next head coach - Pro Football Weekly - Despite Chiefs’ playoff collapse, the 39-year-old Andy Reid lieutenant will get first head-coaching job

Perez: New Bears coach Matt Nagy will call plays in 2018 - Bears Wire - New Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy will be the team’s play-caller in 2018

Perez: Here’s how Matt Nagy’s offense ranked in 2017 - Bears Wire - A look at Matt Nagy’s offensive production as Chiefs offensive coordinator in 2017


Report: Teryl Austin will be the Bengals’ next defensive coordinator - Pride Of Detroit - According to ESPN, Teryl Austin is going to accept a job with the Cincinnati Bengals.


Packers announce Brian Gutekunst as new GM, but Mike McCarthy now reports to Mark Murphy - Acme Packing Company - Russ Ball also promoted to executive vice president/director of football operations

2018 Packers Free Agent List: Green Bay has 23 players with expiring contracts - Acme Packing Company - After big new deals for two Packers, Morgan Burnett is now the team’s most prominent free agent this offseason.


Zeglinski: The (major) initial keys to success for Matt Nagy as Bears head coach - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s new head man in Nagy has a short laundry list to attend to right away in taking the Bears back to relevancy.

Duerrwaechter: Bears hire Matt Nagy as head coach - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago has officially hired the now former Chiefs offensive coordinator as the 16th head coach in franchise history.

Wiltfong: I’m all in on the Matt Nagy hire - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his initial thoughts on the Chicago Bears hiring Matt Nagy as their new head coach, and checks in on some of the other WCG staffers to see how they like the move.

Thorman: The Chiefs playcalling mystery continues - Arrowhead Pride - Something doesn’t quite add up when it comes to Andy Reid and the Chiefs playcalling. I’m not talking about the actual play calls ... I’m talking about who, exactly, is calling those plays.


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