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Bears head coach Matt Nagy denies saying Lions game will be his last as coach – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy has denied a published report that he was fired after the team’s Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions.

The Patch’s Mark Konkol reported that the Bears had informed Nagy that Thursday’s game would be his last as a coach, but during his press conference Tuesday at Halas Hall, Nagy said “that is not correct” .

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Nagy said he had not had such discussions with Bears president George McCaskey, CEO Ted Philips or general manager Ryan Pace.

“I have excellent communication with the property, with George, Ted and Ryan, but I haven’t had any discussions,” he said.

In more than 100 years of history, the team has never fired a coach mid-season.

Nagy did not respond directly to several questions when asked if he was assured he would remain the coach for the remainder of the season, or if he had concerns about his future with the team, saying he remained focused on preparing for the Lions game.

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“The only thing we can do is focus on the present and try to do whatever we can,” Nagy said. “Thursday is going to come quickly, and we have a goal, to win the game.”

As the Bears limped to a 3-7 start this season, speculation has grown over Nagy’s future as a head coach.

After leading the Bears to a 12-4 record and a division title in their debut season, Nagy has been unable to maintain that success, with the team going 8-8 over the course of each of the next two seasons, and a 3-7 record so far in 2021.

If Nagy is fired after the Lions game, whatever the outcome, he would end his career with the Bears with a winning record. The team is 31-27 so far under Nagy.

Yet despite Nagy’s background as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs under Andy Reid, Nagy hasn’t been able to reverse the Bears’ stagnant offense.

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The Bears offense currently ranks at 31st in the NFL in total yards, last in passing yards per game (155.8) and 29e in points per game (16.3).

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