The McCaskeys have never fired a head coach midseason in their long history of owning the Chicago Bears. Could that streak finally come to an end this year? Matt Nagy is making that decision difficult for them. SM reported that they are reluctant to do so given how much they like and respect him. However, both internal and external pressure is getting to a point where they may not have a choice.
Now it appears that choice has been made. According to Mark Konkol of Patch.com, the plan is to have Nagy finish out the week as head coach for the Thursday game in Detroit on Thanksgiving. Then after it is over, they will part ways with him. Konkol is a former reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and a Pulitzer Prize winner. This information isn’t coming from just anywhere. The fact he is reporting it is significant and can be taken seriously.
“For disgruntled Bears fans looking for something to be thankful for after five-straight losses, this is it.
Matt Nagy will coach his last game for the Bears on Thanksgiving in Detroit, a top source with knowledge of the decision told Patch.
Nagy was informed of his pending post-Turkey Day termination on Monday, the source said.”
Nobody can call this surprising.
The loss to Baltimore looked and felt like a breaking point. Everything was set up for a Bears win. Lamar Jackson was out along with several other Ravens starters. It was at Soldier Field and Matt Nagy had two weeks to prepare for the game. Chicago lost anyway. The offense scored 13 points, Justin Fields got injured, and the defense coughed up another lead with under two minutes to play.
Virginia McCaskey herself was there to see it. Sources informed SM that a meeting took place between Nagy and George McCaskey. It wasn’t certain at the time what was discussed. This report offers a pretty solid indication of what that was and why the head coach seemed so sullen during his press conference on Monday.