Why would he be smiling?

Why would he be smiling?

Halas Hall was all smiles Tuesday with Matt Nagy officially introduced as the new Chicago Bears coach. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down why the move could work in the Windy City:


Chicago traded up to draft Mitch Trubisky. The Bears are all in on the former North Carolina quarterback, and they doubled down on that by starting him from Week 5 on and scrapping the plan to have Mike Glennon serve as the bridge quarterback while Trubisky adjusted to the NFL. Hiring a "QB whisperer" seemed a likely path for Chicago, and the Bears followed through by choosing Nagy as the franchise's new leader.


The NFL is not necessarily known for its creativity in coaching hires, with teams often running through the same retreads that have already failed elsewhere every offseason. Chicago went a different route. Nagy isn't the youngest head coach in the league — the Los Angeles Rams' Sean McVay won't be 32 until later this month — but at 39 he gives the Bears a young coach to go with a young general manager and quarterback.


Andy Reid is regularly maligned — and perhaps rightly so — for his time management skills and play calling. But there's no arguing how impactful his coaching tree has been in the NFL. Nagy's hire makes for six former Reid assistants as NFL head coaches. The other five (John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Todd Bowles, Doug Pederson and Sean McDermott) have a combined record of 275-198. That's pretty good.


Chicago averaged just 16.5 points per game during the 2017 season, ranked last in the NFL in passing offense, 16th in rushing offense and 30th in total offense. Any life would be new life for the Bears offensively. Under Nagy as offensive coordinator, Kansas City ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense, sixth in points per game, seventh in passing yards, ninth in rushing yards and led the league in fewest turnovers.