If Matt Nagy wasn’t confident when talking about his future with the media Tuesday afternoon, he was less confident with the Chicago Bears players later, when the team completed its second walk-through at the Walter Peyton Center in Lake Forest. .
The embattled coach said in a Patch.com report that the Bears told him he would be fired after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions “is not accurate,” but according to multiple sources, he did not give players confidence. Offered so little for that he would be around for too long, at least some players were disappointed at the organization’s lack of direction.
Earlier, Negi had canceled all meetings scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and the rest of the evening, a highly unusual move that left a source wondering whether Nagi had resigned to his fate, sources said.
The Bears did not provide Chairman George McCaskey, President Ted Phillips or General Manager Ryan Pace to discuss Nagy’s situation, and the first employee to ask questions about the bizarre situation was special team coordinator Chris Tabor in his weekly media session.
Thursday’s game between two teams at the bottom of the NFC North is irrelevant in the big picture for a Bears franchise that is clearly on its way to charting a new future. But it means a lot to players who are competing and filming a game that could affect their future.
Becoming a full-blown distraction for Negi’s future – and for the team to deal with – is a troubling development that is made worse by a short week of preparation.
While Negi told the media during his midday news conference that he was not scheduled to meet with his mentors this week—not surprising given the quick turnaround of the Thanksgiving Day game—he did ask players after the walk-through. Said they had a “productive” meeting with ownership, the sources said.
“We haven’t spoken this week, and that was determined,” Nagy told the media when he last met with the proprietorship. “We’ve had a great program over the years where we discuss, like you always hear people talk about us. We have a constant dialogue. I always think it’s good and healthy, and so we’re sure With the week bye bye and then with small changes and preparation for the game, we don’t have.”
According to sources, between saying this and going to the Walter Peyton Center for a second walk, Nagy met with ownership. Those sources said that Negi told the players it was about him moving on and that no one knows what tomorrow will bring, and added that he broke the team over “family”.
He did not shed any light on his position, sources said, which angered some players that he did not address the report head-on, an attempt to end a five-game losing streak against a team win less than 48 hours ago. Will do Lions (0-9-1) in a nationally televised game. It sets up a potential debacle for a franchise that has suffered more than its share of embarrassment over the past decade.
The Athletic reported that McCaskey met with Bears players and coaches on Wednesday and reported that Nagy would be fired after Thursday’s game was not true.
“Fire Negi!” He made his first NFL debut after the Bears allowed Baltimore Ravens backup Tyler Huntley at Soldier Field on Sunday to drive 72 yards in 89 seconds for a go-forward touchdown with 22 seconds remaining in a 16-13 loss. permitted to. That defeat dropped the Bears to 0-4 after their bye week under Nagy, and they took a last-minute lead for the second straight game.
More troubling, there has been a lack of offensive improvement as the Bears are 31st in total offense, 32nd in passing offense and 29th in scoring. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields’ development has been the biggest story for the team, and he’s been up and down with little consistency before the Ravens left the game with a rib injury that would prevent him from playing against the Lions.
A fifth consecutive defeat could have been enough to seal Negi’s fortunes, but taking the move in a short week probably didn’t make sense. It seems entirely possible that Negi’s future is set and the beer gets everything out of order.
“I understand the media world and the social media world, I must say in general,” Nagy said. “I understand that moves as we go inside the building. For us, you can’t focus on that. You have to focus on what you do every day, which is football.” And there’s X’s and O’s and all that. It’s important to do that.
“In times like these, no matter what, when you go through this stuff, there is something to be learned in all of this. You have to be able to understand that… our job is to focus day by day and win this game on Thursday. And all. It’s as simple as I keep it.”
The Bears turned their attention away from X and O when the scheduled meeting was canceled after a walk-through. From fans to players, everyone is wondering what will happen next.