Today it was announced that Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy was named the Pro Football Writers of America Coach of the Year. Some might remember that back in December, news broke that Nagy was named AP Coach of the Year, but that ended up being an unofficial title. This one, is official.
The Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy, who lead the Bears to a 12-4 record and the NFC North title, was selected as the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).— Pro Football Writers (@PFWAwriters) January 17, 2019
Nagy took over a Chicago Bears team that finished 3-13 and 5-11 the past two seasons respectively under John Fox, and took them to a 12-4 finish and in the process snagged the Bears first NFC North Championship in nearly a decade. Because of that, it’s easy to see why the PFWA made the choice it did.
Of course, turn arounds like this rarely happen in a vacuum, and this Bears team is no exception. PFWA also named Vic Fangio it’s Assistant Coach of the Year for his role in an excellent defensive year for the Bears. For those that don’t know, Chicago finished at or near the top in many statistical categories, including 3rd in yards per game, 1st in yards per play, 1st in first downs per game, 1st in total points, and 1st in takeaways.
Two very well deserved awards for two great coaching performances. I will say that Ryan Pace may have been robbed of Executive of the Year honors, with the PFWA opting for Chris Ballard instead.
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Do you feel Matt Nagy deserved to be Coach of the Year?
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Heck Yeah! 5-11 to 12-4 in one season? Tough to say no to that!
Maybe. Frank Reich had a pretty good turn around too.
Nope. Bears should have kept John Fox.