Former Blue Hen Nagy named NFL head coach

Former Delaware quarterback Matt Nagy continued his quick rise through the NFL coaching ranks when he was named the head coach of the Chicago Bears on Monday.

He is believed to be the first former UD player or coach to be hired as an NFL head coach. At 39, Nagy is also the third-youngest current NFL head coach behind only the Rams’ Sean McVay (31) and the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan (38).

Nagy had been the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs for the last two seasons. He interviewed with the Bears after Kansas City lost to Tennessee, 22-21, in the AFC playoffs on Saturday.

“He’s a good football coach, first of all,” said Reid. “I appreciate
the way he comes to work and the attitude he brings. He puts his own
flare on things. I think that’s important to know. Everybody does it
their way.”

Matt Nagy played quarterback for Delaware, finishing his career in 2001.

Nagy started his coaching career as an intern with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. He then followed head coach Andy Reid to the Chiefs four years later.

After finishing his playing career at Delaware in 2001, Nagy played in the Arena Football League for six seasons.

Nagy took over play-calling duties for the Chiefs in the middle of the season, earning praise from Reid as a top-notch head coaching prospect. With the Bears, he’ll take over the development of young QB Mitch Trubinsky.


“Up-and-coming, smart guy,” Chiefs assistant head coach Brad Childress said of Nagy. “He’s played the quarterback position, so he gets it. He knows how to teach. He’s got a great demeanor about him. He’s got a creative mind. I think he’s got everything going for him.”

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