The Chicago Bears are in damage control, still reeling amid a five-game losing streak and facing a demanding turnaround for Thursday’s game at Ford Field against the Detroit Lions.
On Tuesday morning, a Patch.com report from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Konkol asserted that Matt Nagy had already been informed of his imminent firing, positioned to coach his final game with the team on Thanksgiving before a change is made. The team has yet to address the report.
But with the Bears in preparation mode at Halas Hall, players and coaches are speaking to reporters. Here is what we know so far.
10:57 a.m.: Chris Tabor addresses media members
Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was the first to meet with reporters Tuesday morning and did not know about the report of Nagy’s potential exit.
“Reports are just reports to me,” Tabor said. “I have a job to do. So I’m going to stick to that job. That’s not coachspeak. And I’m not trying to get fired up about the question. But we’re going to do our job.”
Tabor said he had not spoken to Nagy about his job status nor had Nagy addressed the team about anything related to that.
“I understand where you’re going with all this,” Tabor said. “And unfortunately, guys, speculation is speculation. I’d love to talk about the Detroit Lions. OK? And I understand where you’re coming from. But at the same time, we have a job to do.”
Tabor closed his 10-minute question-and-answer session with his endorsement for Nagy.
“Coach Nagy is our head coach,” he said. “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 going to help lead us to a win on Thursday. I believe that deep down in my heart. So to me, there’s no story at all. Fair enough?”
Nagy is scheduled to speak with reporters at 11:45 a.m. for his usual news conference.