INDIANAPOLIS – Few if any of those gathered at the NFL Combine this week know new Bears coach Matt Nagy better than Chiefs general manager Brett Veach.
The two played together at the University of Delaware—Nagy at quarterback and Veach at receiver—and have worked for head coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, Veach helped Nagy land his first NFL job as a coaching intern with the Eagles in 2008.
"You're going to get a guy who's full of passion," Veach said Thursday at the NFL Combine. "He's full of drive, desire, loves to compete, loves to work."
As offensive coordinator of the Chiefs in 2017, Nagy helped veteran Alex Smith lead the NFL with a 104.7 passer rating while also tutoring rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. With the Bears, Nagy will be entrusted with spearheading the development of young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
"He's really great with quarterbacks," Veach said of Nagy. "The work he did with Pat Mahomes last year was phenomenal. And Matt's also done a lot of work on Mitch obviously because we evaluated the quarterbacks [in last year's draft]. He's great with young quarterbacks. He's got a great demeanor about him, and he'll trust the people around him to get things done."
Here's a video clip of Nagy throwing a touchdown pass to Veach at Delaware: