Patrick Mahomes should be very excited about having Matt Nagy back in the building.
Nagy may have departed for Chicago after Mahomes’ second year in the NFL out of Texas Tech, but he definitely left an indelible impression. Mahomes has made several positive comments about Nagy since the 2018 season. Of the many times Mahomes has spoken about Nagy, one thing is crystal clear. He finds Nagy incredibly relatable when it comes to coaching quarterbacks.
"“I think he relates to quarterbacks so well,” said Mahomes to reporters before the Chiefs’ 2018 preseason game vs. the Bears. “Especially the young guys. He’s been through the process. He’s tried to make a career of his own as a quarterback then moved over to coaching. Just having someone that has been through that process and knows how to relate to the young guys and especially the quarterback position will help you really understand the offense and really understand what the defenses are trying to get.”"
Nagy is a former quarterback himself having played the position collegiately at Delaware, professionally in the Arena Football League and very briefly as a practice squad player with the 2009 Philadelphia Eagles before retiring and entering the coaching profession.
Given that Reid is not a former quarterback and neither is Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, having someone like Nagy back on the coaching staff will be huge in Mahomes’ continued growth and development as a passer. Nagy returns to Kansas City to effectively replace Mike Kafka who now takes over the reins of Brian Daboll’s offense with the New York Giants.
Patrick Mahomes thinks highly of Matt Nagy upon return to Kansas City Chiefs
It is critical Mahomes and Nagy have a strong working relationship this go-around in Kansas City. From Nagy’s perspective, any sliver of hope he has at being an head coach again hinges on how well the Chiefs offense performs going forward with Mahomes under center. As for Mahomes, he enters a part of his career when he is highly compensated and that will impact the overall roster.
Frankly, for as long as Reid is the head coach and Mahomes is the starting quarterback, Kansas City is a lock to make the AFC playoffs. While they will still likely win the AFC West annually, keep in mind how many great, young quarterbacks now play in this conference. Mahomes must battle with the likes of Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson for AFC supremacy.
Ultimately, Nagy is overqualified for the role he has in Kansas City. His four years as the head coach of the Bears matters, so look for him to use that experience to his advantage this go-around with the Chiefs. Again, this return to Kansas City is all about image rehabilitation. If Bieniemy were to ever get his own team to lead, Nagy would presumably become the new offensive coordinator.
As long as Mahomes and Nagy can get to and stay on the same page, this is good for the Chiefs.