Chicago's worst-to-first campaign has Bears fans filled with hope for the future. That wellspring of optimism begins with the presence of their young and inventive figurehead.
Matt Nagy was announced as the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year during Saturday's NFL Honors award show.
Nagy earned the accolade with 24 votes. Anthony Lynn (10), Frank Reich (8), Andy Reid (5), Pete Carroll (2) and Sean Payton (1) also had votes.
Not unlike McVay, who nabbed Coach of the Year honors last time around, Nagy weaved immediate change, turning the long-lost Bears -- 5-11, 6-10, 3-13 and 5-11 over their previous four campaigns -- into a rough-and-tumble operation that punched out the Packers in Week 15 and swept the Vikings and Lions.
Chicago's season ended in dreadful fashion with Cody Parkey's heartbreaking (and partially blocked) botched field goal against Philly, but the Bears were one of the league's best stories in 2018. With Nagy at the helm, the forecast for one the league's most historical franchises is brighter than bright.