The NFC North will be changing drastically this offseason, as the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears all shuffle their administrative staff. While the Lions and Packers are still have some work to do, the Bears have made a major move. On Monday, the Bears announced that they have hired former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach:
Nagy had been with the Chiefs since 2013, first as a quarterbacks coach, then as the offensive coordinator for the past two years under Andy Reid.
When Nagy was first promoted to coordinator, he was not given play-calling duties, but in Week 13 this year, he was given the opportunity for the first time and ran with it. The Chiefs offense seemed to open up, but Nagy was widely criticized for Saturday’s Wild Card game, in which the Chiefs blew a 21-3 lead and scored zero points in the second half.
However, Nagy could be a good fit in Chicago, where he’ll use his quarterbacking knowledge on second-year Mitchell Trubisky. Nagy has familiarity with Trubisky, as he highly scouted the young quarterback last year, though the Chiefs obviously ended up drafting Patrick Mahomes instead.
As for how this affects the Detroit Lions, aside from the obvious shift in NFC North dynamics, the Bears are no longer in the running for two head coaching candidates that they shared in interest with the Lions: Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Though neither coach seems high on the Lions’ list, Wilks has yet to interview with the Lions and could change their mind.
For now, only four head coaching vacancies remain: Detroit, New York, Indianapolis and Arizona.