Matt Nagy has confronted questions on his job safety with the Chicago Bears earlier than, however by no means fairly like Tuesday morning at Halas Corridor.
Because the Bears had been in the course of making ready for Thursday’s recreation towards the Detroit Lions, Patch.com reporter Mark Konkol, who gained a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 whereas on the Chicago Solar-Occasions, revealed a report that Nagy had been knowledgeable the sport can be his final as Bears coach.
After almost three hours of silence from his Bears bosses, Nagy entered the Halas Corridor media room at 12:01 p.m. and refuted the report himself. He stated he had not but spoken to Bears Chairman George McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips or normal supervisor Ryan Tempo this week and hadn’t been advised he can be fired.
“That (report) isn’t correct,” Nagy stated. “I’ve nice communication with possession, with George and Ted and Ryan, however I’ve not had any discussions.”
Nagy’s denial throughout a 10-minute information convention was only one piece of a wierd day in Lake Forest because the Bears attempt to dig themselves out from a five-game dropping streak — and all of the rumors and hypothesis that go together with it.
Right here’s how the day unfolded.
9:13 a.m.: Konkol posts his story on Twitter.
There was loads of hypothesis over the past a number of weeks about whether or not Nagy will likely be fired, however this was an precise information story.
Konkol’s tweet learn: “Matt Nagy will coach his final @ChicagoBears recreation on Thanksgiving in Detroit, a prime supply tells Patch.”
That a lot has but to be refuted by the Bears, however the story additionally stated Nagy was knowledgeable Monday that Thursday can be his final recreation as coach, one thing Nagy later stated was not correct.
9:32 a.m.: Cary-Grove points a press release after ‘Fireplace Nagy’ chant breaks out at a highschool soccer recreation.
Earlier than Konkol’s story, the large social media Bears debate of the morning was about Cary-Grove college students on Saturday chanting “Fireplace Nagy!” throughout Nagy’s son’s playoff soccer recreation between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove. This was earlier than followers chanted the identical factor in the course of the Bears loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and in the course of the Bulls recreation Monday night time.
After video surfaced on social media, Cary-Grove tweeted a press release Tuesday morning saying “the mantra was not acceptable nor applicable and was instantly addressed by administration on the recreation.”
Nagy stated Tuesday he didn’t hear the mantra and complimented the politeness of among the faculty’s gamers he interacted with on the recreation.
“Once I’m within the function I’m in, you might have to have the ability to perceive the place individuals are coming from and the way they react or don’t react,” Nagy stated. “I used to be there to observe my son play a soccer recreation. I used to be there to be a dad. It was a reasonably cool time.”
9:40 a.m.: Konkol goes on ESPN radio.
Konkol went on WMVP-AM 1000 to speak about his Patch.com story and was requested how assured he was that Thursday will likely be Nagy’s final recreation.
“I’m not such as you guys,” Konkol stated. “I’m not within the combine on daily basis. However I’m simply going to inform you I’ve acquired a extremely good supply on this, and I’m fairly assured that is going to be his final recreation. … He’s misplaced the locker room. He’s misplaced 5 video games in a row. I form of was stunned this morning after I acquired a name about it. It seems to be like that is going to occur.”
10:57 a.m.: Particular groups coordinator Chris Tabor addresses media members.
Tabor met with reporters first, at his often scheduled time, and stated he didn’t know concerning the report.
“Stories are simply studies to me,” he stated. “I’ve a job to do. So I’m going to stay to that job. That’s not coachspeak. And I’m not attempting to get fired up concerning the query. However we’re going to do our job.”
Tabor stated he had not spoken to Nagy about his job standing nor had Nagy addressed the workforce about something associated to that.
Tabor closed his 10-minute question-and-answer session along with his endorsement for Nagy.
“Coach Nagy is our head coach,” he stated. “I need to work for this man now. OK? Love him to dying. And he’s the pinnacle soccer coach of the Chicago Bears. And he’s going to assist lead us to a win on Thursday. I consider that deep down in my coronary heart. So to me, there’s no story in any respect. Truthful sufficient?”
12:01 p.m. Nagy gained’t say if he has been given assurances he’ll coach the remainder of the season.
After refuting the Patch.com report, Nagy sidestepped a number of questions on whether or not McCaskey, Phillips or Tempo have advised him he’ll coach by the top of the season. He stated that isn’t his focus in the mean time.
“That’s a distraction,” Nagy stated. “I’m fully involved about our gamers, our workforce, our coaches, our employees, all people. Actually, actually, specializing in this recreation. Anything is a distraction.”
Nagy didn’t have conferences along with his bosses this week due to the brief week, however he stated they possible would speak after they get by the Thursday recreation.
Nagy stated he hadn’t addressed his workforce concerning the report, noting a packed Tuesday morning schedule with installs and walk-throughs.
“That’s as much as (the gamers) as to how they need to view that or what they suppose,” Nagy stated. “The gamers have been superior. They’ve been nice, actually. We’re in there going over the sport plan, and we’re on a brief week. That’s been the main focus all morning lengthy.”
Nagy additionally emphasised that he couldn’t let the report intervene along with his preparations for the sport.
“I perceive how the media world goes,” he stated. “I get it. However on the identical time limit, if I get to a degree the place it distracts me from being the perfect chief I could be to this workforce, I’m not going to let that occur. These guys know on daily basis they’re getting my finest, and the gamers have been nice. It’s so simple as that.”
12:28 p.m.-1:12 p.m.: Offensive coordinator Invoice Lazor and Bears gamers speak about tuning out the noise.
Lazor is a longtime NFL and school coach, so he has been by teaching rumors earlier than.
“I’ve been within the locker room earlier than a recreation when a really well-known nationwide insider introduced our coach was not going to be again,” Lazor stated. “And gamers had been on their telephones getting messages, and I’m not saying that’s the one motive we misplaced that day. However we performed like crap that day. And on the finish of the yr, not solely was he not fired, however he acquired a brand new contract. And we’re nonetheless ready for the apology from that nationwide insider. So the No. 1 factor I can do is my job, which is beat the Lions, interval.
“We are able to’t let a information article have an effect on how we do our job as a result of on daily basis we’d be affected up and down. You’ve simply acquired to be robust and be targeted and be a professional. I’ve been by a bunch of various issues good and unhealthy, so hopefully it’s straightforward for me to assist present folks that’s what we do.”
Bears quarterback Andy Dalton famous gamers want to remain targeted and tune out the skin noise.
“You’re going to see some issues (on social media) though you’re not attempting to,” Dalton stated. “However possibly don’t click on on issues that you simply shouldn’t click on on.”
1:02 p.m. Allen Robinson addresses a tweet from his podcast accomplice saying ‘an awesome variety of Bears gamers need Matt Nagy gone’
Jordan Schultz, who hosts an NBA podcast known as “The Playoff Pod” with Robinson, tweeted Monday about Nagy dropping the locker room, citing league sources.
Robinson stated he didn’t give any enter that led to that tweet, which put him “in a really susceptible scenario” since individuals know of his connection to Schultz.
Robinson stated wouldn’t want to cover behind another person to say one thing he felt.
“All the pieces that we had from a podcast standpoint, a relationship standpoint, had been based mostly on masking basketball and based mostly on speaking about basketball,” Robinson stated. “You guys know me. Something that I wished to get throughout has come from me, and it’ll at all times be that manner. It’ll by no means change. Something I need to get achieved, I need to say, I’m a grown-ass man. I can get stuff finished myself.”
Robinson stated he thinks the gamers stay skilled as they navigate a 3-7 season.
3:30 p.m.: Bears leaders had not but issued a response to Konkol’s report.
The Bears declined a Tribune request for an interview with McCaskey, Phillips and Tempo.
Nagy was requested throughout his information convention if he would love his bosses to offer him assurances about his job.
“All of us have our personal selections as to how we do issues,” Nagy stated. “And I simply suppose this complete total time for me and for possession, we’ve had nice communication. And once more, it’s give attention to Detroit. That’s what it’s.”