LAKE FOREST - The search for a replacement for John Fox took just a week for Ryan Pace, as the Bears officially announced Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history.
Nagy has been the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs the last two seasons. Before that, he served as quarterbacks coach in Kansas City from 2013-2015.
In 2017, Nagy had tremendous success with the Chiefs, as they were fifth in the NFL in total yardage (375.4) and sixth in points (25.9) per game. Kansas City won the AFC West but lost in their Wild Card game Saturday to the Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Bears are betting a lot on Nagy, and he’ll be under pressure to show a lot of progress next season. His isn't a splashy name like Jim Harbaugh or John Gruden that may excite fans, but the 39-year-old brings an innovative and intellectual approach to offense.
Danny Parkins, a midday host on 670 the Score, worked for several years in Kansas City and says Nagy was well-liked and respected. Parkins described him as a hard-working, personable, no-nonsense guy who might be the man to get the best out of quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
“I think the Matt Nagy hire makes a lot of sense. He’s a young offensive head coach who reportedly really likes Mitch Trubisky," Parkins said.
At a downtown sports apparel shop, the Bears' sub-par season is reflected in the 25 percent discount on the merchandise. Clerk Shon Franklin says he hopes the new coach boosts interest in the team.
"Hopefully that brings more of a crowd, more attention and more sales for tickets and our clothing line as well,” Franklin said.
After three consecutive last-place finishes under John Fox, fans say they’re ready for a winner. Nagy will be the team's sixth head coach since Mike Ditka, who led the Bears to their only Super Bowl victory more than 30 years ago.
“I think we need some fresh blood in here, and we’ll see what happens. You’ve got to prove your record,” fan Barb Richter said.
The Bears will hold an introductory news conference at Halas Hall on Tuesday.