One day after former Bears GM Ryan Pace found a new gig, it was only fitting that news about Matt Nagy’s future was to follow.
And like Pace, Nagy finds a soft landing in a place with an old friend:
We have hired Matt Nagy as Senior Assistant/Quarterbacks Coach.
📷: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh pic.twitter.com/QFTQQFJ21u
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 25, 2022
I’m a sucker for stories where the prodigal son returns. (Michael: Well, then I have the book for you! (that was a bible joke))
Four years after Nagy left Kansas City to become the Chicago Bears 16th head coach in franchise history, he returns to the Chiefs to coach quarterbacks. And he’ll do so with the fancy title of Senior Assistant/Quarterbacks Coach. This puts Nagy working under Andy Reid again. And with Patrick Mahomes. Who says you can’t go home? And if you’re going to try and rebuild your coaching stock, why not do so where there is a ton of familiarity? This will be good for Nagy, I’m sure.
The Nagy era came to an end with a resounding thud. That season-ending 31-17 loss to the Vikings on Jan. 9 wasn’t the last straw. But it was symbolic of the Nagy era. Sure, Nagy was the coach for a team that made the playoffs twice in three seasons. However, Year 4 was an absolute taffy pull. Chicago’s offense kept floundering, even changing the play-caller. Thrusting Justin Fields into the starting lineup wasn’t the cure-all anyone hoping to keep a job at Halas Hall was hoping it would be. Allen Robinson II was seemingly frozen out of the scheme after consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. And at the end of the day, a head coach who was hired to lift the offense to new heights and develop quarterbacks failed to do both. Hence, Nagy was fired after compiling a 34-31 record over four seasons.
Now, Nagy will try to work his way back up the coaching ladder where it all began in Kansas City.