Former Bears coach Matt Nagy is back in the NFL, not surprisingly with mentor Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
Nagy, 43, was hired as a senior assistant/quarterbacks coach for Reid, the Chiefs announced Friday. He replaces Mike Kafka, the former St. Rita and Northwestern quarterback who was hired as the Giants’ offensive coordinator. Nagy will be reunited with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was a rookie in 2017 when Nagy was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.
Nagy, who was fired by the Bears on Jan. 10 after four seasons, spent his first 10 seasons in the NFL under Reid with the Eagles (2008-12) and Chiefs (2013-17). He was the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach from 2013 to 2015 and offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2017 before being hired by the Bears.
Nagy was 34-31 in four seasons with the Bears but 22-27 after going 12-4 and winning the NFC North in his debut season in 2018.
The Bears were 8-8 in 2019, 8-8 in 2020 and 6-11 last season. They made two playoff appearances under Nagy, losing to the Eagles 16-15 at Soldier Field in the wild-card game after the 2018 regular season and losing to the Saints 21-9 at the Superdome after the 2020 regular season.
Ryan Pace, who also was fired and had been the Bears’ general manager for seven seasons, was hired by the Falcons on Thursday as a senior personnel executive.