When the Chicago Bears hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy earlier this week, they made it clear that the offense deserved more of the blame for their 5-11 season than did the defense.
Nagy himself appears to be reinforcing that notion.
According to multiple reports Friday, the Bears' new head man has convinced current Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to stay on with the club. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for three years.
The Bears reportedly became concerned Monday that they would lose Fangio after informing him of the club's decision to hire Nagy. According to the Chicago Tribune, general manager Ryan Pace gave Fangio the first interview for the head-coaching position, which opened after John Fox was fired after three seasons.
The Bears finished the 2017 regular season ranked 10th in total defense (319.1 yards per game) and ninth in scoring defense (20 points per game), despite losing six key contributors or starters to injured reserve.
Retaining Fangio, 59, would allow Nagy to focus on his specialty -- and likely the biggest reason the Bears hired him in the first place -- working with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
After sitting out the first four games of the season, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft started the final 12, completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Nagy, 39, spent that last five seasons working with Alex Smith in Kansas City, three as the quarterbacks coach and two more as offensive coordinator. With Nagy, Smith had the five most productive seasons of his career, topped off by a career-best 2017.
Smith set career records in yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7), the final mark leading the NFL.
--Field Level Media