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Bears choose Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as next head coach

Matt Nagy is the new Chicago Bears head coach after spending the last 10 seasons coaching in the NFL with the Eagles and the Chiefs.

08 Jan 2018, 22:57 IST
Matt Nagy
Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their next head coach, the team announced on Monday.

Nagy, 39, has spent the last 10 seasons coaching in the NFL, all under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chiefs. Nagy was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016, but he did not call plays until Week 13 of this season.

Chicago fired John Fox last week after three seasons as head coach in which he failed to lead the Bears to the playoffs.

Nagy played six seasons in the Arena Football League before beginning his coaching career. He threw for 374 touchdowns and 18,866 yards. Nagy then helped the Chiefs offense rank fifth in the NFL in total yards, ninth rushing and seventh in passing this season.

The Bears had interviewed five candidates before Nagy, but the team must have felt he provided the best support for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, selected number two in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Trubisky finished his rookie season passing for 2,193 yards with a 59.4 completion percentage. He also threw seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. He should have more freedom to make plays next season.

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