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Reporter explains how he botched big Matt Nagy story

Matt Nagy on the sidelines

Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, and Matt Nagy remains the head coach of the Chicago Bears. That means the report earlier this week claiming Nagy was on the verge of being fired was inaccurate. The reporter responsible for it is now owning up to it — sort of.

Mark Konkol of Patch.com, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, reported on Tuesday that Bears ownership had informed Nagy he would be fired regardless of what happened in Thursday’s game. Chicago won and Nagy kept his job, at least for now. On Friday, Konkol published a new article in which he tried to explain what went wrong.

Konkol acknowledged that he may have been “bamboozled” by a high-level source that he trusted. He said he doesn’t know if he was lied to or if something changed after he spoke with his source. Konkol said he offered the Bears a chance to address the information he obtained but that he “got snarky answers rather than straight ones.” He also noted that many members of the Chicago media don’t trust the Bears to tell the truth.

“If my source fed me bad information about Nagy, I should have done better, much in the way the Bears should have done better. … I don’t know,” Konkol wrote. “A trusted source in a position to know confidently told me Nagy would not be the head coach after Thursday’s game.

“Was that right at the time? Did something change? I don’t know.”

Konkol seemed to tread the line between admitting he was had and criticizing the Bears about how they operate. Either way, he was wrong and the whole thing was a bad look.

The Bears didn’t exactly come out and publicly support Nagy. Instead, they leaked information to the media insisting they did not tell Nagy anything about his job status. Nagy said the same.

Konkol’s report apparently led to some serious awkwardness with the Bears. We’ll never know how things would have gone if the Bears lost to the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really help Konkol.

Photo: Oct 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy looks on against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Chicago Bears butchered coin toss before win over Lions

The coin toss between the Bears and Lions

The football world wasn’t exactly excited for Thursday’s game that kicked off Thanksgiving in the NFL. The matchup featured the winless Lions against the struggling Bears. Perhaps nothing foreshadowed what was to come better than the opening coin toss.

The Detroit Lions won the coin toss and deferred. That gave the Bears the choice of kicking, receiving, or defending one of the two end zones. But guess what? Christian Jones tried to defer too!

What nonsense.

The Bears ended up receiving the opening kick and punted on their first possession. They won the game 16-14 on a field goal by Cairo Santos as time expired.

It’s amazing that a professional player could butcher that basic situation so badly. It’s amazing that the coin toss actually causes some confusion.

Matt Nagy rumor led to awkward exchanges with Bears players, coaches

Matt Nagy

A report about Matt Nagy’s job status quickly made its way through the NFL world on Tuesday, and apparently there were at least some people with the Chicago Bears who believed it was accurate.

The report claimed Nagy had been informed by Bears ownership that he will be fired following Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions regardless of what happens. Nagy told the media it was inaccurate and said he had not spoken to his bosses at all during the week. He delivered the same message to his players following a walkthrough, but apparently they were not convinced.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Nagy denied the report in a “solemn way” while addressing Bears players and coaches. That led to many of them essentially saying goodbye to the head coach.

“When they went to walkthrough it just took on a life of its own. … Later that day, Matt Nagy went and addressed the players and coaches, but the way he did it was almost in a solemn way,” Glazer said. “Even after he said it’s not true, players and coaches were like, ‘Hey Matt, it’s been great.’ So it got to the point where owner George McCaskey (on Wednesday) came into the team meeting room and addressed the entire team and said that is absolutely not true.”

Glazer noted that McCaskey did not assure the team that Nagy won’t be fired at some point, but he said the report about Thanksgiving is “unequivocally not true.”

Nagy is obviously on the hot seat. If his job was safe, McCaskey and the Bears could come out and release a statement supporting the head coach. Instead, they have only leaked information to the media to dispute one particular report.

The Bears are 3-7 heading into Thursday’s game, and there has been talk of major dysfunction within the organization. Fans have turned on Nagy with ‘fire Nagy!’ chants in inappropriate settings. Some players may also be tuning out the head coach.

It seems like only a matter of time before Nagy is fired, but all signs point to his job being safe for at least another week.

Photo: June 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is interviewed during Veteran Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Bears owner addressed Matt Nagy report with players

Matt Nagy on the sidelines

Matt Nagy may be coaching for his job when the Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, but neither he nor his players have been told that.

A report earlier this week claimed the Bears have told Nagy that the Lions game will be his last with the team regardless of the outcome. Nagy said the report is inaccurate, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that on Thursday.

According to Schefter, Bears owner George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips have not made any definitive decisions about Nagy’s future. They conveyed that to Nagy and Bears players this week.

It goes without saying that Nagy is on the hot seat. The Bears are 3-7 heading into Thursday’s game, and there have been reports of major dysfunction within the organization. Fans have turned on Nagy with ‘fire Nagy!’ chants in inappropriate settings. Some players may also be tuning out the head coach.

Nagy seems unlikely to survive the season, but it would make no sense for ownership to tell him he’s going to be fired and ask him to go out and coach one more game. That report never seemed logical.

Photo: Oct 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy looks on against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bears ownership overruled Matt Nagy on starting QB

Matt Nagy

The stories coming out of the Chicago Bears continue to paint an ugly picture for embattled coach Matt Nagy.

According to Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, Bears chairman George McCaskey intervened and instructed Nagy to make Justin Fields the team’s starting quarterback prior to the team’s Week 5 game. Nagy had stood by veteran Andy Dalton as his starter up to that point, and was not on board with the decision to start Fields.

It is unclear if McCaskey relayed the message directly to Nagy or had general manager Ryan Pace do it on his behalf.

Dalton got hurt in Week 2 and was replaced by Fields, who also started the next two games due to Dalton’s injury. The Bears had been adamant that Dalton was their starter, which made for some awkward moments. The switch to Fields made Nagy look like he was backtracking and indecisive.

Whether Nagy deserves to keep his job or not, the Bears have not done him a lot of favors lately. He has been forced to deal with chatter about his firing and it looks like he’s been undermined in some respects. The entire organization clearly needs a total reset, but that’s not all Nagy’s fault at this point.

Photo: Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is interviewed during Veteran Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Nagy addresses report that he will be fired after Thanksgiving

Matt Nagy on the sidelines

Matt Nagy could be on the verge of losing his job, but the coach insists no one with the Chicago Bears has told him that.

Mark Konkol of Patch.com, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, was told by a source on Tuesday that Nagy has been informed he will be fired after the Bears face the Detroit Lions on Thursday. Nagy shot down the report when he met with the media shortly after it surfaced.

Nagy said he has not even spoken with any of Chicago’s brass since Sunday, as the Bears are preparing for a game on a short week. He would not, however, confirm or deny if he has been given assurances about his future with the franchise.

The Bears are 3-7 entering their Thanksgiving Day game against the winless Lions. Nagy confirmed that Andy Dalton will start, as Justin Fields suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Nagy went 12-4 in his first season as Bears head coach in 2018. It has been all downhill since. Fans have been calling for him to be fired in a variety of settings, though some of them crossed the line over the weekend.

Even if the Bears beat the Lions, Nagy’s job may not be safe. That is especially true if he has lost the locker room.

Photo: Oct 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy looks on against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Bears fans cross line with inappropriate Matt Nagy taunts

Matt Nagy

Chicago Bears fans seem to be counting down the days until Matt Nagy is fired, but there is a time and place to express displeasure in your favorite team’s head coach. The coach’s son’s football game probably isn’t it.

Bears fans have busted out “fire Nagy!” chants in a number of different settings over the past few weeks. One of them was a high school football on Saturday where Nagy’s son was playing. Nagy reportedly was in attendance for Lake Forest High School’s semifinal game against Cary-Grove, and a “fire Nagy!” chant could be heard during the fourth quarter.

The same chants were heard during the Chicago Bulls game on Monday night.

It’s one thing for fans to call for Nagy’s firing at a Bears game or another professional sporting event. Doing so at his son’s football game is pretty classless and takes attention away from high school kids.

For what it’s worth, Bears fans may get their wish soon. Mark Konkol of Patch reported on Tuesday that Nagy has been informed he will be relieved of his duties after the Bears face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

There have been indications that Nagy has lost the locker room in Chicago. The coach is 3-7 this year and 31-27 in his three-plus seasons as Bears head coach.

Photo: Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is interviewed during Veteran Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Fields gets status update for Week 12

Justin Fields

The Chicago Bears won’t have Justin Fields for Thursday’s game, with Andy Dalton set for a Thanksgiving showcase instead.

Fields suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. While the issue does not sound exceptionally serious, the turnaround time is simply too short for Fields to play Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Fields has been thoroughly beaten up this season. He’s been sacked a league-worst 31 times in ten games, and took two more on Sunday against Baltimore before leaving the game. He has four touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.

Dalton has struggled as well this season, but a game against the lowly Detroit Lions might be what he needs. It sounds like he may have started Thursday either way based on some of coach Matt Nagy’s recent comments.

Bears players want Matt Nagy fired?

Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears are on their way to a lost season, and the locker room is apparently fed up with how things are going.

Bears coach Matt Nagy has lost the locker room and an “overwhelming” number of players want him fired, according to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz. Nagy already had locker room issues in 2020, but the poor 2021 season has only exacerbated issues.

However, the Bears appear reluctant to let Nagy go during the season, as the Bears franchise has never done so in its history.

Nagy’s offense has been a consistent issue, and his handling of rookie quarterback Justin Fields has also been subject to criticism at times this season. There is definitely some evidence that he hasn’t been good for Fields’ development. That case grows every week as the offense continues to look inept no matter who’s under center.

The Bears posted a 12-4 record under Nagy during his first season, but he has not been able to replicate that success. It was followed up with consecutive 8-8 seasons and the bottom is falling out this year. It would be a surprise if he keeps his job, though it seems the Bears would prefer to wait until the end of the season to make the move.

Photo: Jun 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy is interviewed during Veteran Minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Fields may not start for Bears even if healthy?

Justin Fields

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy appears to be bringing back the quarterback carousel as the season moves into its closing stages.

Starting quarterback Justin Fields suffered a rib injury in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Fields had been struggling even before the injury, however, and backup Andy Dalton made the game interesting by throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

After the game, Nagy seemingly hinted that Fields was at risk of being benched even if he is healthy enough to start Thursday against the Detroit Lions.

“I’m not getting into any of that,” Nagy said when asked that question, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times.

It’s hard to see any point to Nagy’s equivocating. He already did this earlier in the season after making Andy Dalton the starter, which he obviously didn’t stick to. Putting Fields in limbo is hardly going to help the rookie’s development either.

The real issue seems to be Nagy’s offense, which hasn’t been any good all season no matter who has been at quarterback. Even Nagy has been forced to admit that, and it’s why he’s on the hot seat.