CHICAGO (TNS) — A week after the Chicago Bears set out to find the 16th coach in franchise history, they have their man.
The team named Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, 39, as the next head coach after a weeklong search. The Bears became the second team to fill a vacancy, following the Oakland Raiders, who previously named Jon Gruden head coach.
The Bears will introduce Nagy at a news conference on Tuesday at Halas Hall.
Nagy was the last of six known candidates to interview with the Bears, meeting with them on Sunday, a day after the Chiefs blew a second-half lead and lost to the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round. Nagy, a longtime assistant under Andy Reid, will be charged with building an offense to bring out the best in quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
The Bears hope to retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Nagy's staff, but no decision on that has been finalized. By making a quick move to replace John Fox, the Bears put Nagy in position to hire the best possible coaching staff.
The Bears also interviewed Fangio, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Vikings coordinators Pat Shurmur and George Edwards and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
Nagy spent the last five seasons with the Chiefs and was the offensive coordinator this season, taking over play-calling duties from Reid last month. He was co-offensive coordinator in 2016 and before that served as the quarterbacks coach for three seasons.
Nagy was a quarterback at the University of Delaware and played six seasons in the Arena League for the New York Dragons, Carolina Cobras, Georgia Force and Columbus Destroyers.