Bears Interview Chiefs OC Matt Nagy for Head Coach
The Chicago Bears and GM Ryan Pace continued their search for the 16th coach in franchise history with another top offensive coordinator.
The Bears interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy on Sunday morning for the head coach vacancy.
Today #Bears GM Ryan Pace is interviewing Chiefs OC Matt Nagy for the head coaching vacancy.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 7, 2018
At this point it’s more a foregone conclusion than assumption that the Bears will be in search of an offensive mind to develop quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, which has made Nagy a favorite among fans and makes him a great option for the Bears.
Nagy, who took over play calling duties later in the season, helped jump start a sputtering Kansas City offense. But the Chiefs’ performance in Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Titans is something he’ll surely have to answer to. Although it’s believed coach Andy Reid was calling plays on Saturday.
Nagy helped quarterback Alex Smith to his best season as a pro and worked with an offense that was as dangerous through the air as they were on the ground. He could be a good fit not only for Trubisky but for this two-back running attack with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
Earlier in the week, there was an interesting nugget about Nagy’s interest in Trubisky dating back to last year’s draft, as well as belief he can win big with the young quarterback.
Here is a great piece of intel: Source close to Matt Nagy tells @ESPN1000 that Nagy loved Trubisky in 2017 NFL Draft and the Chiefs loved him. Nagy has stayed close to him during this season. Nagy believes you can win big with Trubisky.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) January 4, 2018
The Bears interviewed Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Saturday, and it’s rumored that Pace and co. were very impressed with his interview.
#Bears were impressed with John DeFillipo. DeFillipo said he wants to keep Vic Fangio is DC. Fangio’s contract is up Tuesday and Bears are blocking Vic from being allowed to speak to other teams. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what Bears want to do next 48 hours.
— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) January 7, 2018
Nagy, whose Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs in Saturday’s loss to the Titans, would be available for the head coaching hire immediately unlike other candidates whose teams are still in playoff contention.
No other interviews are scheduled that have been made public.