LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their head coach Monday, hoping he can help a foundering NFL franchise emerge from one of the worst runs in its history.
The Bears announced the move a week after firing coach John Fox, who went 14-34 in three seasons for a .292 winning percentage that is the second-lowest in team history. The Bears were 5-11 this past season and haven’t finished above .500 since they let Lovie Smith go following a 10-6 finish in 2012, two years after their last visit to the playoffs.
The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He drew praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In Chicago, the Nagy will be trying to develop quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Chicago also interviewed Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur (Minnesota) and Josh McDaniels (New England), Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
General manager Ryan Pace, who recently got a contract extension through the 2021 season, announced Nagy’s hiring.