— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 8, 2019
On this date in 2018, the Bears hired Matt Nagy as head coach and set the stage for one of the most exciting years a Chicago football fan has experienced in a long time. Nagy was “The Man” and we were kinda geeked about it, even if the Chiefs coughing up a 21-3 lead left us with a sour taste. Kansas City’s Wild-Card Weekend elimination allowed the Bears to move swiftly and decisively, which was somewhat unexpected.
The Bears were undergoing a youth movement and hiring Nagy was their latest move. Because after hiring the league’s youngest GM in 2015 and drafting the most inexperienced quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, it was only fitting for Chicago to hire a 39-year-old coach to usher in a new era of Bears football. The Bears were going to battle armed with a new coach. One who was young, with a history of developing quarterbacks, and happened to be a branch of a successful coaching tree. These weren’t the “same old Bears” and the very un-Bears-like hire by GM Ryan Pace paid immediate dividends. Fortune favors the bold, and the Bears were certainly that at this time last year.
Hiring Nagy is an important day in Bears history and will be celebrated properly, so long as the Bears continue to win regular season games, division championships, make postseason runs, win playoff games, and ultimately, bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Chicago after winning the whole frickin’ thing.