Matt Nagy has faced questions about his job security with the Chicago Bears before, but by no manner reasonably like Tuesday morning at Halas Hall.
As the Bears comprise been in the course of making ready for Thursday’s game in opposition to the Detroit Lions, Patch.com reporter Note Konkol, who gained a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 whereas on the Chicago Solar-Times, revealed a file that Nagy had been told the game would be his last as Bears coach.
After nearly three hours of silence from his Bears bosses, Nagy entered the Halas Hall media room at 12: 01 p.m. and refuted the file himself. He acknowledged he had no longer yet spoken to Bears Chairman George McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips or general manager Ryan Walk this week and hadn’t been urged he would be fired.
“That (file) will not be any longer correct,” Nagy acknowledged. “I comprise sizable communication with possession, with George and Ted and Ryan, but I comprise no longer had any discussions.”
Nagy’s denial for the period of a 10-minute news conference used to be correct one fragment of a moving day in Lake Forest as the Bears strive to dig themselves out from a five-game losing inch — and the total rumors and speculation that toddle alongside with it.
Right here’s how the day unfolded.
9: 13 a.m.: Konkol posts his story on Twitter.
There used to be a wide array of speculation over the last several weeks about whether Nagy can be fired, but this used to be an real news story.
Konkol’s tweet learn: “Matt Nagy will coach his last @ChicagoBears game on Thanksgiving in Detroit, a prime source tells Patch.”
That necessary has yet to be refuted by the Bears, however the story also acknowledged Nagy used to be told Monday that Thursday would be his last game as coach, something Nagy later acknowledged used to be no longer correct.
9: 32 a.m.: Cary-Grove points a snarl after ‘Fireplace Nagy’ chant breaks out at a highschool soccer game.
Earlier than Konkol’s story, the gargantuan social media Bears debate of the morning used to be about Cary-Grove college students on Saturday chanting “Fireplace Nagy!” for the period of Nagy’s son’s playoff soccer game between Lake Forest and Cary-Grove. This used to be before followers chanted the identical thing for the period of the Bears loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and for the period of the Bulls game Monday night.
After video surfaced on social media, Cary-Grove tweeted a snarl Tuesday morning asserting “the mantra used to be no longer acceptable nor acceptable and used to be straight away addressed by administration on the game.”
Nagy acknowledged Tuesday he didn’t hear the mantra and complimented the politeness of one of the college’s players he interacted with on the game.
“When I’m in the arrangement I’m in, strive to be ready to love the build of us are coming from and how they react or don’t react,” Nagy acknowledged. “I was there to survey my son play a soccer game. I was there to be a dad. It used to be a reasonably frigid time.”
9: 40 a.m.: Konkol goes on ESPN radio.
Konkol went on WMVP-AM 1000 to chat about his Patch.com story and used to be asked how confident he used to be that Thursday can be Nagy’s last game.
“I’m no longer like you guys,” Konkol acknowledged. “I’m no longer in the combine day by day. Nonetheless I’m correct going to inform you I’ve got a terribly factual source on this, and I’m reasonably confident this goes to be his last game. … He’s misplaced the locker room. He’s misplaced five games in a row. I roughly used to be surprised this morning when I got a name about it. It appears as if this goes to happen.”
10: 57 a.m.: Particular teams coordinator Chris Tabor addresses media participants.
Tabor met with reporters first, at his incessantly scheduled time, and acknowledged he didn’t know referring to the file.
“Experiences are correct experiences to me,” he acknowledged. “I comprise a job to make. So I’m going to follow that job. That’s no longer coachspeak. And I’m no longer searching for to acquire fired up referring to the quiz. Nonetheless we’re going to make our job.”
Tabor acknowledged he had no longer spoken to Nagy about his job command nor had Nagy addressed the crew about anything connected to that.
Tabor closed his 10-minute quiz-and-solution session with his endorsement for Nagy.
“Coach Nagy is our head coach,” he acknowledged. “I are looking to work for this man now. OK? Tackle him to demise. And he’s the head soccer coach of the Chicago Bears. And he’s going to abet lead us to a secure on Thursday. I consider that deep down in my heart. So as to me, there’s no story at all. Shiny enough?”
12: 01 p.m. Nagy gained’t reveal if he has been given assurances he’ll coach the rest of the season.
After refuting the Patch.com file, Nagy sidestepped several questions about whether McCaskey, Phillips or Walk comprise urged him he’ll coach by the tip of the season. He acknowledged that will not be any longer his focal point on the moment.
“That’s a distraction,” Nagy acknowledged. “I’m fully alive to on our players, our crew, our coaches, our workers, all people. In actuality, actually, focusing on this game. Something is a distraction.”
Nagy didn’t comprise conferences with his bosses this week thanks to the rapid week, but he acknowledged they probably would talk after they acquire by the Thursday game.
Nagy acknowledged he hadn’t addressed his crew referring to the file, noting a packed Tuesday morning time desk with installs and shuffle-throughs.
“That is as much as (the players) as to how they’re looking to scrutinize that or what they mediate,” Nagy acknowledged. “The players comprise been awesome. They’ve been sizable, actually. We’re in there going over the game opinion, and we’re on a rapid week. That’s been the point of interest all morning prolonged.”
Nagy also emphasised that he couldn’t let the file interfere with his preparations for the game.
“I know how the media world goes,” he acknowledged. “I acquire it. Nonetheless on the identical deadline, if I acquire to a few degree the build it distracts me from being the real leader I will also be to this crew, I’m no longer going to let that happen. These guys know day by day they’re getting my supreme, and the players comprise been sizable. It’s as easy as that.”
12: 28 p.m.-1: 12 p.m.: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and Bears players focus on tuning out the noise.
Lazor is a longtime NFL and college coach, so he has been by teaching rumors before.
“I’ve been in the locker room before a game when a totally identified national insider announced our coach used to be no longer going to be lend a hand,” Lazor acknowledged. “And players comprise been on their telephones getting messages, and I’m no longer asserting that’s primarily the most productive arrangement we misplaced that day. Nonetheless we performed like crap that day. And on the tip of the year, no longer most productive used to be he no longer fired, but he got a novel contract. And we’re composed ready for the apology from that national insider. So the No. 1 thing I’m in a position to make is my job, which is beat the Lions, period.
“We can’t let a news article comprise an affect on how we make our job because day by day we’d be affected up and down. You’ve correct got to be solid and be targeted and be a pro. I’ve been by a bunch of more than just a few things factual and defective, so confidently it’s easy for me to abet show these that’s what we make.”
Bears quarterback Andy Dalton famous players comprise to preserve targeted and tune out the exterior noise.
“You’re going to watch some things (on social media) even while you’re no longer searching for to,” Dalton acknowledged. “Nonetheless maybe don’t click on things that you shouldn’t click on.”
1: 02 p.m. Allen Robinson addresses a tweet from his podcast accomplice asserting ‘an awesome resolution of Bears players need Matt Nagy long past’
Jordan Schultz, who hosts an NBA podcast called “The Playoff Pod” with Robinson, tweeted Monday about Nagy losing the locker room, citing league sources.
Robinson acknowledged he didn’t give any input that resulted in that tweet, which build him “in a extremely inclined field” since of us know of his connection to Schultz.
Robinson acknowledged wouldn’t comprise to conceal on the lend a hand of one more particular person to relate something he felt.
“The total lot that we had from a podcast standpoint, a relationship standpoint, had been consistent with covering basketball and consistent with talking about basketball,” Robinson acknowledged. “You guys know me. Something that I indispensable to acquire right by has come from me, and it’ll incessantly be that manner. It’ll by no manner commerce. Something I are looking to acquire executed, I are looking to relate, I’m a grown-ass man. I’m in a position to acquire stuff performed myself.”
Robinson acknowledged he thinks the players remain authentic as they navigate a 3-7 season.
3: 30 p.m.: Bears leaders had no longer yet issued a response to Konkol’s file.
The Bears didn’t answer to a inquire for an interview with McCaskey, Phillips and Walk.
Nagy used to be asked for the period of his news conference if he would truly like his bosses to give him assurances about his job.
“We all comprise our hold choices as to how we make things,” Nagy acknowledged. “And I correct mediate this total total time for me and for possession, we’ve had sizable communication. And all yet again, it’s focal point on Detroit. That’s what it is.”