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Matt Nagy earns top coaching grade in Week 4

The Chicago Bears were hoping to hit a home run with head-coaching hire Matt Nagy. It is still very early in his NFL head-coaching career, but he appears to be trending in the right direction for the organization. His team currently sits atop the NFC North with a 3-1 record following the Bears' dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. Because of his team's performance that afternoon, Nagy earned the top head coaching grade in Week 4 from headcoachranking.com.

"The Chicago Bears’ rookie head coach, in his fourth game on the job, scored a near-perfect 9.8 HCR grade in Sunday’s 48-10 win over the Buccaneers," the site explained. "For the season, Nagy’s HCR score is 7.6 – fourth overall in the rankings and by far the best ranking of any of the seven new head coaches this season."

Head Coach Ranking explains on its website what exactly "HCR" means, writing:

"HCR (“Head Coach Ranking”) is a proprietary algorithm utilizing rigorous qualitative judgments that considers a head coach’s performance in five key areas – areas we feel strongly influence the outcome of any game."

The site uses play-calling, personnel utilization, game planning, in-game adjustments and clock management as its five key areas. The site assigns one grader per game and that person takes into account a variety of different factors, including things like weather and over variables. That grader will look at those five key areas and assign a 0-10 grade based off what they are seeing with the coach in those situations.

Reigning NFL Coach of the Year, Sean McVay, sits atop the overall ranking with an 8.5 rating. Mat Nagy's mentor, Andy Reid, has an 8.2 rating. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is the only other coach ahead of him in the year-to-date rankings with an 8.0 rating. In this metric, Nagy is above big-name coaches such as Bill Belichick and Sean Payton—who are both tied for fifth behind Nagy.

Despite Nagy's youth, the Bears were intrigued by his background this offseason and where they believe the young coach is heading. After a successful stint in the Arena Football League as a quarterback, Nagy found himself in the NFL coaching world with the Philadelphia Eagles.

After working with Reid in Philadelphia between 2009 and 2012 as both a coaches' assistant and later as the offensive quality control coach, Nagy followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013. He worked as the team's quarterbacks coach between 2013 and 2015 before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2016 after Doug Peterson left to take the head-coaching job with the Eagles. Nagy then assumed play-calling duties late last season after the Chiefs were struggling with Reid calling plays.

 Nagy still has a long way to go before he can be considered among the best in the league, but he is on the right track through four weeks.

https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/Article/Matt-Nagy-top-grade-122811841/

Off to a pretty good start and making Pace look like a genius.  

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Disco ball in the locker room swag. Kinda reminds me of a certain championship team. 

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Matt Nagy’s trick plays, from ‘Papa Bear Left’ to ‘Willy Wonka’

 

The first play Matt Nagy called as head coach of the Bears was Papa Bear Left, a handoff to Tarik Cohen out of the T-formation that the franchise made famous three generations ago. The last play of Nagy’s first drive put left tackle Charles Leno at receiver and tight end Dion Sims at left tackle. The running play produced a touchdown.

In the three games since the opener, Nagy has run trick plays — or, more accurately, trick formations — to try to gain a schematic advantage. Against the Seahawks, tight end Trey Burton took a snap out of the shotgun formation. In Arizona, the Bears ran a goal-line play with four tight ends. And Sunday, the Bears scored on a play they called Willy Wonka, which featured two quarterbacks.

Nagy isn’t trying to be clever. The trick plays keep the Bears’ locker room engaged, he said. He appreciates the ownership players have taken during the week when they know a play might be coming Sunday.

Plus, it’s fun. And fun is good.

 

“[The plays] have to work, though,” Nagy said. “You have to have success with them. If they don’t have a ‘why’ to them, and you’re just doing it to show that you’re trying to be creative, that doesn’t mean anything.”

Whatever the motivation, Nagy’s clever play-calling is a change in philosophy from John Fox, who treated offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains’ occasional tricks with a healthy dose of skepticism.

“You’ve got to have value with it, and you’ve got to understand that: The concept works, now what are you going to do with it?” Nagy said. “So I think the guys love it. We’ve done that for a while now, and it just spices it up a little bit, it adds a little fun to the process.

“When they work, they’re awesome. When they don’t work, they’re not too awesome.”

At the least, they give opposing defensive coordinators something to worry about.

“I think if you just stay vanilla and you just try to continue to run the same things over and over again, eventually defenses will figure it out and they’ll stop it,” Nagy said. “Adding some creativity to it, some misdirections and doing multiple things from it, it’s hard. It’s hard to defend. So you’ve got to always try to stay one step ahead of these defensive coordinators.”

They lighten the mood during the week. Quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky and Chase Daniel had a hand in developing Willy Wonka, which they unveiled against the Buccaneers.

“That was a really fun play that we had in practice,” Trubisky said.

Nagy said Daniel couldn’t get his helmet on fast enough to run on the field. At the 3-yard line, Trubisky and Daniel both stood in a shotgun formation. After Taylor Gabriel and Burton took turns going in motion, Trubisky took the snap and shoveled the ball to Gabriel, who scored on a three-yard reception.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/bears-matt-nagy-mitch-trubisky-trick-plays-willy-wonka-papa-bear-left/

 

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Matt Nagy on 1st-place Bears:

Don’t ask Matt Nagy about the NFC North’s first-place team. Even if it’s the Chicago Bears.

“I’ll say the same thing right now, four games into the year: It’s great, it sounds good, but it means nothing,” Nagy said Monday. “We’ve got to understand that. We have one goal, and that’s to not look forward into any game past Miami.

“And so with us being in the position we’re in, great. But it means absolutely nothing.”

https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2018/10/09/matt-nagy-on-1st-place-bears-it-means-absolutely-nothing/

#SWAG

 

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Bears building on Matt Nagy personal “traits”

the first four weeks have offered a few insights into traits of the first-time head coach, and they are for the most part positive. They also point in a good direction for a team about to take on the first of two straight teams with winning records.

The “prep” trait

The first trait is a significant one, perhaps the most significant: While Nagy has never been a head coach other than a brief stint as a high school JV coach, the third-youngest NFL head coach has repeatedly exhibited the ability to prepare and to do so to a degree that produces wins at the NFL level.

The “thumb” trait

Fingers are easy to point when adversity happens. Pointing the thumb, at oneself, is not so easy, or so common.

Nagy is self-aware and self-critical. Not every head coach is, one or the other, or both. More than a few are doctrinaire, who believe in their systems and concepts to the point of bull-headedness (See: McDaniel, Josh, Denver). For Bill Belichick to live according to a my-way-or-highway dictum is one thing; for a first-time young coach, something else entirely.

Nagy has taken responsibility for poor play-calls. And he has been the clear that his players are not the only ones doing the learning.

The “buy-in” trait

Players have a special place in their hearts for coaches whose operating philosophy is not about jamming them into that coaches’ scheme, but fully understanding a player’s abilities and truly working to make that player reach his own personal zenith. That produces buy-in by players, and when the game plans and specifics of coaching produce wins, the belief builds geometrically.

Vic Fangio had achieved that among his defensive players even before this year. Nagy has engendered that in his locker room in general (three straight wins will do that), and confidence in his coaching becomes confidence in those players’ following the plans.

https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/bears-building-matt-nagy-personal-traits

The "Swag" Trait

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Matt Nagy takes a familiar strategy after the Bears’ loss to the Dolphins

Even though he’s been the coach for the Bears for just six regular season weeks, Matt Nagy has been here before.

Back on September 9th, in his first game as coach of the team, the Packers erased a 20-0 deficit in the second half to win by one. He faced criticism, a rush of negativity, and general bad feelings even if it was the first game of a new era.

Nagy handled it back then, preaching positivity instead of negativity, and it led to three-straight victories by the Bears.

On Monday, the coach was back in the same scenario at Halas Hall, explaining what went wrong in a disappointing 31-28 loss to the Dolphins.

in Week 1, Nagy came to his news conference on Monday, keeping a rather positive attitude despite a difficult defeat. The “Debbie Downer” line didn’t come out this time, but the coach preached the fact that negativity would stay out of the locker room this week.

“We’re frustrated with the loss. That was a tough environment in regards to game atmosphere, but the guys stuck together, and they fought till the end,” said Nagy. “Everything that I talked about. We had chances to win the game, and when you have that, you need to try and figure out how to eliminate that when you get into these situations again, you can learn from them. That’s with all of us.

“Our guys are in good spirits right now, and I think that’s a really good thing.”

Of course, the coach is despite the fact he’s received a fair amount of second-guessing for his overtime strategy. After gaining 34 yards on two Jordan Howard carries, the Bears didn’t pass once inside Dolphins’ territory. They used Howard only on third down and chose to play it safe, giving Parkey the shot at the 53-yarder.

It missed, and the questions began, yet Nagy continued to defend the decision and seem unfazed by those who say he was wrong.”

“I’m a big boy and I can handle criticism. I have no issue at all with the criticism,” said Nagy. “That’s where people are. That’s their own opinion. But I felt good with it, it’s what we did, and, shoot, we’re all in this thing together and I trust our guys.”

Just like the Packers’ loss, he expects his group to have the same positive attitude as a big week approaches.

The Bears won on Monday night after the terrible finish against the Packers, and Nagy expects the same mindset with his team this week.

“I expect our guys to handle it great. The one thing that you realize that Ryan (Pace) has done such a great job at is bringing in quality human beings, good people,” said Nagy of his team. “So I’ve said it from the start, when you go through tough losses, right, bad teams start pointing the finger, losing teams start pointing the finger.

“We don’t have any of that, because we have good people. So we have good people, good players, good coaches, we try our best. Now I’m not making any promises, but I will say this: I have no concern at all that our team is going to gel and get even stronger, and down the road, again, with the Packers, and now this game, we use it the right way.”

Nagy’s seen them do so once before. Hence the faith in his group after a second painful loss in 2018.

https://wgntv.com/2018/10/16/matt-nagy-takes-a-familiar-strategy-after-the-bears-loss-to-the-dolphins/

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