Hoge: Nagy might be gone soon, but same problems will exist originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Tuesday wasn’t the first bizarre day at Halas Hall and it won’t be the last.
But it sure made the long list of regrettable days for the franchise. And it was another strong reminder that even if they move on from head coach Matt Nagy soon, the same problems that stretch decades will still exist.
In the middle of a short week of preparation, a bombshell hit the internet Tuesday morning when Patch.com reporter Mark Konkol reported that Matt Nagy had already been informed that Thursday’s game against the Lions would be his last as head coach of the Bears.
When NFL seasons start spiraling out of control — and the Bears have lost five games in a row — many rumors start to swirl, but this was an actual written report from a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, so it couldn’t be ignored. Konkol even went on at least three radio stations — 670 The Score, ESPN 1000 and WGN Radio — to discuss his report and insisted, “I’ve got a really good source on this.”
The Bears, however, chose to ignore the report, which led to this series of events unfolding:
– Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was left to speak for the organization first, saying he was not aware of the report and had not talked to Nagy about his job status.
“Coach Nagy is our head coach. I want to work for this guy now, OK? Love him to death and he’s the head football coach of the Chicago Bears and he’s gonna lead us to a win on Thursday. I believe that deep down in my heart,” Tabor said Tuesday at Halas Hall. “So, to me there’s no story at all. Fair enough?”
– About 45 minutes later, Nagy entered the room and immediately denied he had been told Thursday would be his last game.
“That is not accurate. No, I have not,” he said. “I have great communication with ownership, with George (McCaskey) and Ted (Phillips) and Ryan (Pace), but I have not had any discussions.”