Nagy builds Bears staff with teachers

As new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy rounds out his initial coaching staff, a reoccurring theme shines through. Each of the new assistants brought on board have reputations as strong teachers of the game.  With some positional coaches yet to be named, the makeup of the staff demonstrates a blend of experience and youth.

Nagy’s first win was retaining Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio’s decision to remain with the Bears on a three-year contract gives both credibility and continuity to Nagy and the franchise. While there is work to be done on that side of the ball, the defensive unit has improved measurably from what Fangio inherited. He’ll have an opportunity to further develop a young corps that includes Leonard Floyd, Eddie Goldman, Eddie Jackson, and Akiem Hicks, among others. It is hoped that several of Fangio’s defensive assistants, including secondary coach Ed Donatell, return. READ MORE

Bears aggressive in naming Nagy 16th head coach

Nagy (right) learned under long-time NFL coach Andy Reid.

Nagy (right) learned under long-time NFL coach Andy Reid.

The Chicago Bears acted aggressively, and somewhat surprisingly, in targeting and landing former Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Matt Nagy as the team’s new head coach. The 39 year-old Nagy comes with limited experience but has mentored under one of the NFL’s most-respected head coaches in Andy Reid. He’ll be formally introduced in a Tuesday press conference at Halas Hall.

Nagy’s meteoric rise up the coaching charts mirrors the Los Angeles Rams hiring of Sean McVay last season, a move that paid immediate dividends with a NFC West title. Whether the Bears can capture lightening in a bottle remains to be seen. Just ten years ago, Nagy was selling real estate in the Philadelphia area after a six-year playing career in the Arena Football League prior to accepting a coaching intern position under Reid with Philadelphia.  He progressed through the Eagles organization and accompanied Reid to Kansas City where he became the Chiefs QB coach and most recently served as the Offensive Coordinator the last two seasons. READ MORE

Pace extension highlight Bears coaching decision presser

Ryan Pace Bears GM

The Chicago Bears sent many mixed signals through an approximate half hour news conference discussing the decision to fire John Fox, but one thing became clear. General Manager Ryan Pace is armed with a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2021 season and keeps him aligned with a new head coach.

The Bears, never the most media savvy organization, sent team President Ted Phillips to the podium first to announce Pace’s extension and ownership’s support of the team’s direction. The optic of Phillips addressing assembled media gives a bad taste to many who think Phillips is unnecessarily involved in Chicago football operations, a statement that may have some validity.

Next, Pace stepped forward and interspersed his respect for Fox while also accepting blame for the team’s 14-34 record on his watch. “I need to point the finger at myself as well.” READ MORE