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They said it: Bears hire Matt Nagy

CBS Sports
"[Andy] Reid has called [Matt] Nagy one of the best head-coaching prospects he's ever had underneath him as an assistant. That's stout praise for the guy who helped to mentor a lot of future head coaches (more on that too): [Doug] Pederson, John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott, just to name a few." – Will Brinson | Read More

SB Nation
"A football coach with a self-admitted 'type-A personality', but also a relatable guy who doesn't take himself so seriously. Someone who one can easily connect with. Nagy doesn't speak with ham-fisted cliches. He speaks with his greater goals for that 'founding' franchise in mind like the confident offensive innovator he is." - Robert Zeglinski | Read More

"Given his background, Nagy will presumably call the offensive plays as head coach for the Bears. That's a big ask for a guy who 10 years ago was still a quarterback in the Arena League. Nagy will handle it well if he develops as a head coach as well as he did as a quarterbacks teacher and offensive coordinator." – Adam Teicher | Read More
"Nagy lauded [Mitchell] Trubisky and praised Chicago's early selection of the QB in the 2017 draft, but also insisted that his role as the 16th coach in Bears history will be more than just developing the face of the franchise." – Jeremy Bergman | Read More

Bleacher Report
"While it'll surely be nice for Nagy to bring the average age of the annual head coach class photo down just a touch, his youth serves a much greater purpose for the Bears. If their young quarterback and coach click, then Chicago has put in place the two essential pillars for a successful rebuild, one that can lead to winning quickly and returning to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season." – Sean Tomlinson | Read More

Sports Illustrated
"Expect Nagy to make good use of this mobility for no other reason than that slower-developing play designs, like rollouts and bootlegs, work well at Soldier Field, where wind, cold weather, and thick, long grass can hinder players' speed. Running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen will be Chicago's featured weapons, with Trubisky serving as a ball-distributor." – Andy Benoit | Read More

Chicago Tribune
"[Ryan] Pace emphasized that Nagy's leadership qualities superseded his quarterback expertise as the main factor in the decision to hire him for the first head-coaching role of his career." – Rich Campbell | Read More

Pro Football Weekly
"[Nagy's] straight-up ownership of the mistakes he made in that game seemed to be strong evidence that accountability will be one of his best characteristics. There's a lot on Nagy's plate as he navigates his first NFL head-coaching job, and he plans to call plays again this year." – Eric Edholm | Read More

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