Lake Forest, IL – The Chicago Bears have hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach, hoping he can help lift a foundering NFL franchise emerge from one of its worst runs in history.
The Bears announced the move Monday, a week after firing coach John Fox. The Bears are just 14-34 record in the past three years for a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second-lowest in their history. They Bears were 5-11 this past season.
The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He did not call plays until late this season, but drew praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In Chicago, he will be trying to develop No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky.
He was the last starting quarterback at the University of Delaware for legendary head coach Tubby Raymond. During his Blue Hen career, Nagy set the school record for passing yards in a single season (3,436) and touchdowns (29).
The Chiefs won the AFC West, only to blow an 18-point halftime lead in a playoff loss to Tennessee on Saturday. The Bears met with Nagy in Kansas City on Sunday and wasted little time hiring him.
Chicago also interviewed Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Minnesota and New England offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur and Josh McDaniels, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
(the Associated Press contributed to this post)