It's time Coach got his own thread:
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.
Off to a pretty good start and making Pace look like a genius.