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Bears hire Matt Nagy as new head coach

Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach.

Nagy, 39, replaces John Fox, who was fired at the end of the season following a 5-11 campaign, their third straight losing season in his three years with the team.

Nagy got the job over the likes of Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who were also interviewed by Chicago.

Nagy had spent all 10 of his years coaching in the NFL under Andy Reid. He served as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach for three years and was a lower-level coach with the Philadelphia Eagles for five years.

Reid gave up playcalling duties to Nagy on Dec. 3 following a disastrous six-game stretch which saw the Chiefs go just 1-5. After losing his first game while in charge of calling plays, Nagy and the Chiefs went on a four-game winning streak to end the season and won the AFC West.

However, they were knocked out of the playoffs as they lost 22-21 to the Tennessee Titans. Reid and Nagy curiously abandoned the run during the second half, which was a factor in the Chiefs giving up a 21-3 halftime lead. Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s leading rusher, finished with just 42 yards on 11 carries.

Still, Nagy played a big part in the Chiefs’ offensive resurgence this season. They had the league’s sixth-best scoring offense at 25.9 points per game. He will now look to do the same with a Bears offense that was down in 29th in scoring offense at just 16.5 points per game.