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Matt Nagy Named Head Coach of Chicago Bears — John DeFilippo Remains in Philly

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May 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy (right) talks with quarterbacks Alex Smith (11) and Chase Daniel (center) during organized team activities at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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The two-horse race finally has a winner.

For a few days now, Chiefs OC Matt Nagy and Eagles QB Coach John DeFilippo have been rumored as the two remaining names in the Chicago Bears’ coaching search. Finally this morning, it was announced that Nagy had received the call.

While the Lions are rumored to have a deal done in words with Patriots DC Matt Patricia, the Bears are the first franchise to put ink to paper on a new head coach on the 2018 carousel.

Chicago found themselves in a unique position during the hiring process: Vic Fangio, their esteemed defensive coordinator who has received his fair share of head coaching buzz of the years, is a free agent starting Tuesday, 1/09. His contract with the Bears is set to expire, and he can go interview with whomever he likes–the Bears can’t stop him. For what it’s worth, Chicago’s offensive coordinator, Dowell Loggains, had no such contract deadline, but the Bears gladly let him interview for another OC position–and take it–in Miami.

Unlike the Bears offense under Loggains, Fangio steadily improved the Bears defense, and Chicago was clearly looking to retain him. During the interview process, it was rumored that DeFilippo had signed on to Fangio as his defensive coordinator–a big boost for Chicago. One can only imagine that Nagy is up for the same.

With Chicago–the team rumored most interested in DeFilippo–out of the picture, his chances of staying in Philadelphia increase. But not by much. On top of another HC interview with the Cardinals still very much at play, DeFilippo will be one of, if not the, hottest commodity come coordinator searches for these rebuilding franchises.

Chicago will still be in play, given the similarities between the Reid/Pederson schemes of offense–but coordinating an offense for the guy who just beat you out for the head coaching gig is a little weird, and I imagine DeFilippo will want more control over his offense than Nagy would offer. Keep an eye on Detroit–if Patricia moves on from current Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter (real name), DeFilippo will be on their short list.

Until we know more about the other franchises in need of head coaches first–New York, Arizona, Indianapolis–I’d say also keep an eye on Tampa Bay. Their current OC, Todd Monken, has seen two shaky years of production, and QB Jameis Winston has stalled after showing explosive, but high-variance promise early in his career. Monken’s background fall more towards wide receivers, so Tampa could look to jumpstart the offense–and Winston–with a perceived “young QB guru” like Flip.

And hey–how about that fresh new seat in Kansas City?

Andy Reid’s longtime assistant, Brad Childress, another offensive mind in the KC system, may be retiring. If KC moves on from QB Alex Smith–which looks more likely by the day–then Flip could work with the most dynamic young QB to enter the league in recent memory: Patrick Mahomes. Geez would that be fun.

While Philadelphia’s chances of retaining DeFilippo remain thin, they’ve cleared the first big hurdle. They can, technically, block him from interviewing for offensive coordinator positions–it is unlikely, however, that they would do so, in my opinion. We’ll see what waits down the road for Flip’s future with the Eagles.

Ben Solak has been a football fan and film junkie for all of his life, and has the pleasure of serving as a National Scout for NDT Scouting. He also covers the Philadelphia Eagles for Bleeding Green Nation and co-hosts the Locked On Eagles podcast. Ben takes many things far too seriously, including fishing, Captain America, grammar, and Game Of Thrones.

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