CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted Wednesday he has not been informed by his bosses that the season finale at Minnesota will be his last game leading the team.
“I’m very honest and open with you all,” Nagy said Wednesday. “That has not been told to
me. There’s gonna be reports that come out this time of the season. Anything that is said
or reported by anybody is just that. I haven’t been told anything. I’m a pretty good source
to ask, so I would say you’re doing a pretty good job asking me.”
Nagy also said he expects rookie quarterback Justin Fields to start Sunday against the Vikings after missing back-to- back games because of an ankle injury.
But the bigger issue right now is what will happen after the curtain finally falls on a difficult season for Chicago? The Bears (6-10) were in a similar spot 12 months ago, after going 8-8 in the regular season for the second year in a row.
Chairman George McCaskey opted to stick with Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace, citing the team’s culture and ability to bounce back from a six-game losing streak to make the playoffs. The Bears slid in as the seventh and final seed in an expanded field, then bowed out meekly in a wild-card loss at New Orleans.
The team’s struggles this season could spell the end for Nagy, ending a four-year run that began with an NFC North championship in his first season. It’s not clear if Pace will remain with the team, whether he continues to oversee the football operation or winds up
in a different capacity. The Bears have just two playoff appearances and no postseason victories in his seven years.
Chicago lost eight of nine before beating Seattle and the New York Giants. The Bears will try to close with three straight wins. If this is his final game, Nagy is not looking at it in a sentimental way.
With a 34-30 record, he would join Lovie Smith as the only coaches since Mike Ditka to leave the Bears with a winning mark.
Nagy was hired off Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City in 2018 to modernize Chicago’s struggling offense and get the most out of former prized quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears won the division at 12-4 in his first season thanks to a dominant defense following four straight last-place finishes and made the playoffs for the first time since 2010.