As he turned the page from Kansas City to Chicago, Nagy once more explained how mishandling some play calls - his calls and his alone - is actually a really good thing as he learns on the fly to be a head coach.
Nagy first joined up with Reid with the Eagles in 2008 and rose in what has been a fertile coaching tree - both there and in Kansas City when Reid took the job there. Sean McVay is 41 and Adam Gase is 39 (but a month older than Nagy).
But those growing pains are natural for any first-time head coach, especially one who will have a lot on his mind when the offense has the ball. In those four games, the Chiefs offense averaged better than 400 yards a game in total offense and scored an average of 29 points a game while winning three of four games. That resulted in a 5-11 record this season, 14-34 over three seasons.
The Bears were 3-15 against the NFC North under Fox and dropped all six division games this past season.
Trubisky completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a QB rating of 77.5. However, he had just seven touchdown passes to go along with seven interceptions and 10 fumbles. He had a 104.7 passer rating.
The Chiefs won the AFC West, only to blow an 18-point halftime lead in a playoff loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
"I have a command, I feel like, in the room". It's a decision that will dictate just how long he serves as Chicago's general manager. Of course, some may think it's the kids running the school.
A young offensive coach and a young quarterback who held his own as the rookie franchise is a great matchup, like Sinatra and his piano. He'll work hard to put his young quarterback in a position to succeed. The Bears had no playmaking receivers, and their offensive line got banged up this season. However, half of the coaches in this year's playoffs have three years or less of head coaching experience. Depending on Nagy's influence and Trubisky's progression into his second year, we could be looking at the league's most improved team.
These are exciting times for Bears fans, and the hope is that Nagy is the coach that Pace thinks he is. With Travis Kelce out of the Chiefs lineup, the offense collapsed in a 22-21 shocker that ended Nagy's season prematurely. The latter stat is particularly surprising considering everything the team gave up in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to move up and get Mitchell Trubisky with the second pick of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Bears had interviewed their top six coaching candidates and were sold on Nagy, the quarterback whisperer, whom they met over the weekend. He's an up-and-comer and a better option than any of the retreads that are out there.
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