New Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he is looking forward to working with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and leading a team that he insists is poised to make a jump.
He sees "a 'want' there to be great" by the organization.
The Bears introduced Nagy on Tuesday, a day after he was hired as the team's 16th head coach to replace the fired John Fox.
General manager Ryan Pace says this is "about more than a quarterback," though developing Trubisky is crucial.
Nagy says he will call plays and that he was the one doing that — not Andy Reid — in the second half of Kansas City's playoff loss to Tennessee. He is not sure if defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will stay.
The former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator was announced as the team's new coach Monday morning, replacing John Fox, who was fired on New Year's Day following three seasons with the team.
In Nagy, the Bears are hoping that they have found the right man to kick their offense into high gear. Under his guidance, the Chiefs’ offense hit remarkable highs and lows in the 2017 season, with Kareem Hunt and Alex Smith both having tremendous seasons in the process.
Nagy showed that he can do some great work with weapons like Hunt and Travis Kelce, and he will hope to bring similar success to players like Tarik Cohen, Jordan Howard, and Adam Shaheen with the Bears.
"Seeing what he did in Kansas City is very exciting," said Howard.
The Bears conducted five interviews before Nagy after firing Fox, who had a 14-34 record in three years and a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second-lowest in franchise history.