Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is very familiar with the man he will be coaching against in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and this week he recounted a conversation between the two men that served as an interesting preview for their matchup.
Nagy, who coached under former Eagles head coach and current Kansas City Chiefs boss Andy Reid during his formative years in the NFL, was also a colleague of current Eagles coach Doug Pederson along the way.
The pair grew close over the years, and when Nagy got hired by the Bears, he made a bold statement to his former colleague.
“I told him at the Owners’ Meeting this past off-season that he got that Super Bowl, and that I’m trying to follow his lead here,” Nagy said. “It’s amazing how fast time goes and how life is, with just these people. Doug and I were hip-by-hip for six years, and I think the world of him.”
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Pederson and the Eagles won the Super Bowl last season, their first ever title, and are hoping to become the first team to repeat as champions since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2005.
The Bears and Eagles will square off on Sunday afternoon, with the game airing at 3:40 p.m. on NBC 5 Chicago.