If the city of Chicago needs a starting point, a ray of hope to latch onto as it rushes to familiarize itself with the 16th head coach in Bears history, Brad Childress says it’s vital to start with Matt Nagy’s roots in football.
Star quarterback at Manheim Central High School in Pennsylvania.
Record-setting starter at the University of Delaware.
A lengthy career in the Arena Football League.
Nagy started playing quarterback when he was 8 and has noted that he never played another position. Now, the 39-year-old coach the Bears hired Monday will get his hands on the team’s hand-selected franchise quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. It’s general manager Ryan Pace’s belief that this will light the wick to rocket a long-sputtering franchise back toward relevance.
Said Childress: “Matt has a wonderful feel for offense and specifically for quarterbacks. It’s impressive. To grow a quarterback and develop a quarterback, it takes a certain set of tools. And having played the position, that doesn’t automatically make you an expert coaching it. But he has really worked over the years to (sharpen) his knowledge and coaching instincts.”
Childress, a longtime offense-oriented coach who led the Vikings for four-plus seasons (2006-2010), has worked with Nagy the last five years with the Chiefs. In 2016, they were co-offensive coordinators. Nagy took over that role exclusively this season with Childress promoted to assistant head coach. So what can Trubisky expect in his union with his new leader?
“Quarterbacks are different animals,” Childress said. “They’re often smart guys who usually…Read More