Nagy, Fangio Receive PFWA Coaching Honors

Matt Nagy was named the Coach of the Year.

Chris Emma
January 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm
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(670 The Score) After leading the Bears to a 12-4 mark and NFC North crown in his first year in Chicago, Matt Nagy was recognized as the NFL Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America.

New Broncos coach Vic Fangio, the former defensive coordinator of the Bears, was honored as NFL Assistant Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, Colts general manager Chris Ballard beat out Bears general manager Ryan Pace as NFL Executive of the Year.

Hired last January, Nagy led the Bears to a worst-to-first turnaround that brought the organization back to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. The Bears won 12 games after winning just 14 combined in the previous three seasons.

Nagy, 40, is the first Bears head coach to be recognized as the PFWA's Coach of the Year since Lovie Smith in 2005 and is the sixth in franchise history.

Fangio was recognized for his work in leading the Bears' top-ranked scoring defense, which allowed an NFL-low 17.7 points per game. Chicago also was first in takeaways (36) and interceptions (27) while boasting four Pro Bowl selections and three All-Pros on defense. The 60-year-old Fangio landed his first head coaching job when the Broncos hired him last week.

The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams on a daily basis.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​