The Chicago Bears have gone through a tumultuous start to the season. After finishing with the worst record in the NFL last year, the Bears appear poised to be one of the league’s worst again in 2023. And following losses to the rival Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it won’t get easier. Chicago is lined up to face the reigning Super Bowl Champions: the Kansas City Chiefs. And that also means they’re facing their former head coach, Matt Nagy.
Nagy rejoined the Chiefs staff in the 2022 season as a senior assistant and its quarterbacks coach. After Eric Bieniemy fled to Washington, Nagy assumed the role of offensive coordinator alongside head coach Andy Reid. That title eventually led to the Bears hiring Nagy as their head coach several years ago. It didn’t go particularly well. Although Nagy won the NFL Coach of the Year award in 2018, the team failed to win a playoff game and ultimately sputtered out.
Nagy made it clear that he’s not focused on the past but just the present right now. During his media availability Thursday, Nagy told reporters, “For me, it’s not about that — it really isn’t. People say that, but this is a year and a half away from my time there.”
Nagy stressed that this was about the Chiefs and the Bears, as well as improving upon last week’s performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He did acknowledge it once more before his time concluded.
“And now here we are a year and a half later, and it’s a different team now. There are still some players that I know. But that’s in the past,” Nagy said.
The Bears and Chiefs will face off at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. Eastern.