Matt Nagy spent four seasons as head coach of the Chicago Bears, from 2018-2021.
After going 12-4 in his first season with the team and winning Coach of the Year, it was all downhill from there. That was his only winning season in Chicago, and while the team made the postseason twice during his four years there, it failed to win a playoff game.
Nagy finished his time in the Windy City with a 34-31 mark in regular season play (the Bears went 22-27 over his final three years) and he was fired at the conclusion of the 2021 season, along with former general manager Ryan Pace.
Shortly after he was let go by the Bears, he was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to be their senior assistant and quarterbacks coach, reuniting him with his mentor, K.C. head coach Andy Reid. Now, Nagy will return to Soldier Field for the first time since leaving Chicago when the Bears play the Chiefs in what will be the first preseason game for both teams on August 13.
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Nagy: There Was Disappointment, but I’m not Defeated
When meeting with the media on August 9, the former Bears head coach was asked how he viewed his time in Chicago now that he’s got some hindsight.
“I’ll say this right now,” Nagy said. “I wouldn’t change anything [about] those experiences. I’d change a lot of what happened — I wish we won more and could have done more — but I learned a lot. That part, I wouldn’t change. I think I gotta be able to self-reflect on where I went wrong and how I could have been better.”
Nagy acknowledged that his final season with the Bears was far from ideal, but says the friendships and relationships he formed along the way made everything worth it.
“It didn’t end how we wanted it to,” Nagy admitted. “And there was disappointment, there was discouragement, but all that said, I know I’m not defeated. I know those other [former Bears] players, coaches and peo