For Against Matt Nagy becomes Detroit Lions’ next offensive coordinator

The Matt Nagy era in Chicago was far from the most successful.

He went a combined 34-31 and made two playoff appearances in four seasons on the job.

He did, however, guide the Bears to a 12-4 mark and an NFC North crown in his first season in Windy City (2018). During that campaign, the Nagy-led Bears, with second-year passer Mitchell Trubisky under center, averaged 26.3 points per game (good for ninth-best in the NFL).

Trubisky started 14 games in his second season in the NFL, winning 11 of the starts and throwing for a career-high 24 touchdowns and 3,223 yards. He also recorded a solid 71.0 QBR and made his first and only Pro Bowl.

Back then, it looked like Nagy was a quarterback whisperer.

Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was coming off a disappointing rookie campaign, during which he threw for the same number of touchdowns as interceptions (seven) and produced a dismal 32.4 QBR in 12 games.

A large sect of the Bears fan base had already begun to downgrade on the North Carolina product by this point, believing the young caller would never be anything.

However, Nagy came in and made Trubisky look more than respectable. Nagy’s stock was very high at this point, and it looked like he couldn’t hurt.

Trubisky declined to play the next two seasons, however, as did the team, unsurprisingly.

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The Bears only went 8-8 in each of the next two seasons (2019 and 2020), which caused Nagy’s stock to drop.

And then bottom fell for the organization in 2021, with Chicago trailing just 6-11 (finishing ahead of only the NFC North Lions). Additionally, the team posted an anemic 18.3 points per game (sixth-worst in the NFL), with rookie QB Justin Fields (seven passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions) under center for more than half of the game. season.

Fields and the team didn’t show much improvement over the season, and that ultimately cost Nagy his job.

Now a free agent, he could well be a good fit for the vacant position of offensive coordinator in Detroit.

No, he wouldn’t be a home rookie, especially after seeing what’s happened in Chicago over the past three years.

But, if Lions leader Dan Campbell can rein in Nagy and get him to play his style of football (with a heavy emphasis on the ground game), there could be a game between Nagy and the Detroit-based NFL franchise.

Of all accounts, Campbell would rather hire Lions tight ends coach/passing game coordinator Ben Johnson for the CO opener. Johnson was instrumental in helping Campbell make the call for offensive plays last season.

“Ben is definitely, he’s in this conversation,” Campbell said Tuesday from Mobile, Alabama, the site of the Senior Bowl. “I started the process this week. And so, I will have interviewed, I’m not going to give you names, but at least a couple by the time we leave Mobile.”

Nagy is not a favorite for the aforementioned coordinator position. However, there’s reason to argue that the former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator could at least be sufficient in the same role on Campbell’s Detroit staff.

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