Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy says he’s focused on Detroit Lions, not his job status amid report

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy denied a report that he was sacked after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions and said he had not spoken to the team’s leadership about his job status.

“That’s not correct,” Nagy said Tuesday afternoon during a 10-minute meeting with reporters who mainly focused on a Patch.com report that cited a “top source”.

Nagy said he didn’t speak to owner George McCaskey, team president Ted Phillips, or general manager Ryan Pace this week. The group has scheduled meetings regularly, Nagy said, but skipped them this week because of an already short week of game preparation.

The Bears (3-7) have lost five games in a row and are returning to quarterback Andy Dalton this week after rookie Justin Fields sustained a rib injury against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Nagy said Fields would return to the starting role as soon as he was healthy enough for it.

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It would be very unusual for an NFL team to notify a coach of their impending layoff but still allow them to coach the next game. But whether Nagy will be fired later this season or after graduation is another question he didn’t want to address on Tuesday.

When asked if he had any assurances that he would continue his job, Nagy said, “My focus is on these players and Detroit, and that’s it. That’s my job as a head coach and manager. Players were great. You were great. You like this quick turn after a loss [Sunday’s to the Ravens], and here we go. The only thing we can do is focus on the now and do all we can. Thursday is there quickly. “

The Bears did not immediately provide McCaskey, Phillips, or Pace to deal with the report. When asked if he would have preferred to hear a public denial from any of them, Pace said, “We all have our own choices about how we do things and I think all the time we have for myself and for the ownership had great communication. Again, it is focused on Detroit. That’s it.”

Nagy led the Bears to a 12-4 record and playoff appearance in his first season in 2018. The Bears finished 8-8 each in 2019 and 2020.

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