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Former UD football star Matt Nagy earns NFL head coaching job

Jan 8, 2018

A former University of Delaware football stand-out is entering the NFL head coaching ranks.

Matt Nagy is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.

The Bears hired the former Blue Hen quarterback to replace John Fox, who they fired last week.  He’s the first former Blue Hen to earn an NFL head coaching job.

Nagy was the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator this past season.

The 39-year-old starred at UD between 1997 and 2000.  When he left Newark, he held a bevy of school records, including career marks for completions (502), yards (8,214), and touchdowns (58).   He also led UD to NCAA FCS national semifinals in 2000 season.

Nagy went on to play six seasons in the Arena Football League and win two championships there.  He started his NFL coaching career with the Eagles in 2008 under Andy Reid and followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013.  He’s the sixth former Reid assistant to get a head coaching shot in the NFL

Nagy takes over a Bears team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2010, finished last in the NFC North the last four seasons.