Around the NFC North: Bears name coach, Packers announce GM
The Chicago Bears on Monday named former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach in franchise history.
Nagy, 39, will be introduced to at a press conference on Tuesday. He replaces John Fox, who was fired after posting a 14-34 record in three seasons, including 5-11 in 2017.
General manager Ryan Pace interviewed Nagy on Sunday morning in Kansas City, following the completion of the Chiefs' season. Nagy, who has a strong reputation for his work with quarterbacks, was considered a candidate for multiple head coaching vacancies. The Bears struck quickly to hire Nagy, who will now oversee the development of 2017 first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky.
Nagy and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid were criticized for abandoning the run game during the second half of the Chiefs' 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Saturday's wild-card game. The Chiefs were shut out in the second half as the Titans scored 19 unanswered points to upset the Chiefs.
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo were also among those interviewed by the Bears.
Packers name GM
The Green Bay Packers officially named Brian Gutekunst as the team's new general manager on Monday and announced a change in the team's organizational structure.
The 44-year-old Gutekunst, who will receive a five-year contract, replaces Ted Thompson, who last week was named senior advisor for the Packers after 13 seasons as general manager.
Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy made the announcements, including naming Russ Ball to executive vice president/director of football operations.
Gutekunst, the 10th person to hold the title of general manager for the Packers, will have complete control over all roster decisions, including the NFL draft and free agency, while leading Green Bay's scouting department.