Yesterday, the Chicago Bears announced the hiring of erstwhile Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history. GM Ryan Pace, recent recipient of a largely undeserved 2 year contract extension, worked harder than Ernie Accorsi in picking a winner this time around, interviewing 6 candidates before giving into the recency effect and pulling the trigger on Nagy. Plenty of coverage out there in the blogosphere about how this is an awesome pick or a questionable one or great for Truth Biscuit. But at DFO, we go beyond link round-ups to get you deep, penetrating analysis.
Name? Matt Nagy. Not seeing any middle name or even a “Matthew” in any coverage, even going back to puff pieces from his former employer.
College? University of Delaware.
Does that make him a Fightin’ Blue Hen? Yes, it does.
Did he play football there? Um, he majored in health and physical education, so it’s not like he went there for the education.
Was he any good? His senior year he threw for 3,436 yards and 29 TDs, the latter a school record and the former second only to Mr. Elite. But it was Delaware, so take a big ole pile of salt with that stat. People I’ve never heard of who played with him are really excited, though.
Did he play in the NFL? Hell no.
Whaaaaaa? Eh, he was an Arena League Quarterback for six seasons, with pretty good stats: 18,866 yards, 374 TDs, and a quarterback rating of 115.1. But that was leading the New York Dragons (2002), Carolina Cobras (2004), Georgia Force (2005-06), and Columbus Destroyers (2007-08), so maybe don’t put away your salt shaker yet.
Who gave him his first NFL job? Andy Reid in Philly.
Who gave him his second NFL job? Andy Reid in Philly.
Um, ok, who gave him his third NFL job? Andy Reid in Kansas City.
And then? No and then.
Has he been a head coach before? Nope.
Who does he compare to in terms of coaching experience before becoming head coach of the Bears? Um, I don’t know how to say this other than he’s probably in a windowless white van right now.
Related to Charles Nagy? No.
Does he have kids? Yes.
Do they have stupid names? Yup, Brayden, Tate, Jaxon, and Jett.
Will he bring Vic Fangio back as the Defensive Coordinator? Sure hope so. Decent chance the McCaskeys are too cheap to pay the man, though.
So is this a good hire? Eh, maybe? I mean, given his mentor, I’m expecting his clock management to be worse than Flava Flav in a KY wrestling match.
But let’s be honest: nobody cares what a Bears fan thinks. What did the actual Bears have to say about this choice to fill John Fox’s completely scuffed piss and shit-covered shoes?