The Chicago Bears announced that they would be parting ways with Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace just one day after losing to the Minnesota Vikings and finishing the season 6-11, marking the Bears’ first losing season since 2017.
While calls to “Fire Nagy” have lingered all season, Reid told reporters on Tuesday that the future is bright for coaches like Nagy.
Matt Nagy looks on during a game between the Bears and the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 20, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
“They’ve had the opportunity to be one out of 32 people in the whole world and that doesn’t happen very often in your life, where you’re that small of a minority there,” Reid said, via a video conference. “It’s been an honor to coach against some of these guys, to work with some of them, and they’re going to have bright careers going down the road.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reacts during the Tennessee Titans game on Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Missouri. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
He continued: “There’s always little humps in this thing that you go through, that you got to go through, the valley to get to the peak, and it happens. It’s a crazy business that way, but they’re all good guys. I know all of them, and they’re great guys, and they can basically do what they want to do from here.”
Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton talks with head coach Matt Nagy during the Lions game Nov. 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Nagy joined the Chiefs in 2012 and served as the quarterbacks coach under Reid until 2016 when he was promoted to offensive coordinator. He was hired as the Bears’ head coach in 2018. In four seasons, he finished with a 34-31 record and two playoff appearances.