Chicago’s worst-to-first marketing campaign has Bears fans crammed with hope for the long hotfoot. That wellspring of optimism begins with the presence of their young and inventive figurehead.
Matt Nagy develop into once launched as the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year at some level of Saturday’s NFL Honors award show.
Nagy earned the accolade with 24 votes. Anthony Lynn (10), Frank Reich (8), Andy Reid (5), Pete Carroll (2) and Sean Payton (1) moreover had votes.
At some level of his first twelve months on the job, the 40-twelve months-outmoded Nagy hushed years of torment for the Bears faithful with a 12-4 marketing campaign that salted away the NFC North earlier than Chicago fell at dwelling to the Eagles in the wild-card spherical of the playoffs.
Nagy’s success develop into once helped by unusual manager Ryan Run, who aggressively pulled off a September alternate with the Raiders for pass-rusher Khalil Mack. The quarterback-crusher helped flip the switch on an offended, chaos-causing Bears protection that led the crew to a 9-1 rampage down the stretch.
The Bears moreover saw boost from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who accounted for 24 touchdowns and confirmed moxie as a cell signal-caller with upside to burn. One other fleshy offseason under Nagy’s detect could silent attend Trubisky preserve the next stream.
A vary of his gamers saw this blue ribbon in the works, with cornerback Prince Amukamara announcing final month: “I after all hope he gets Coach of the Year. I do know he is now not hooked in to it nevertheless we’re hooked in to it for him.”
No longer in inequity to McVay, who nabbed Coach of the Year honors final time around, Nagy weaved rapid trade, turning the long-lost Bears — 5-11, 6-10, 3-13 and 5-11 over their earlier four campaigns — true into a rough-and-tumble operation that punched out the Packers in Week 15 and swept the Vikings and Lions.
Chicago’s season resulted in unpleasant vogue with Cody Parkey’s heartbreaking (and in part blocked) botched subject goal against Philly, nevertheless the Bears were thought to be one of many league’s easiest stories in 2018. With Nagy at the helm, the forecast for one the league’s most historical franchises is brighter than vivid.