Report: Matt Nagy has been told he’ll be fired after Thanksgiving game

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A Pulitzer-prize winning Chicago reporter has dropped a bomb on the Bears beat.

Mark Konkol, who previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, reports at Patch.com that the Bears have informed coach Matt Nagy that he’ll be fired after Thursday’s game at Detroit.

A “top source with knowledge of the decision” told Konkel that Nagy was informed of his looming fate on Monday. Konkol does not cover the Bears, but there’s no hesitation or equivocation in his report.

As noted by Konkol, the Bears have NEVER fired a coach during the season. (Of course, the owner was the coach for four different 10-year stints.)

The Bears have not yet responded to a request for comment from PFT.

UPDATE 1:22 p.m. ET: At a Tuesday press conference, Nagy said the report is “not accurate.”

64 responses to “Report: Matt Nagy has been told he’ll be fired after Thanksgiving game

  1. If this report is accurate, then fire him now. It makes 0 sense to make him coach Thursday if hes gone regardless.

  2. Perfect. Let’s go ahead and give Fields a new offense to learn every year or every other year at best while we’re busy trotting him out there to get Trubisky’ed.

  3. Wow! That’s only 1/2 the problem though. Pace should ignore most calls coming in today.

  4. Great news if true — albeit a year too late — but if Ryan Pace and Ted Phillips are involved in picking the next one the franchise will be right back here again 3 years from now. They have as little idea what they’re doing as Nagy does / did.

  5. In my area, he’s a local guy and so you tend to root for him. He played for a neighboring school district and is about my age. But this is the NFL and these decisions have to be made. He’s not an NFL coach right now.

  6. If this is true they should go hire Doug Pederson to replace him. Doug is a great coach who won a Super Bowl 3 and a half years ago.

  7. My favorite team is in the NFC North and it’s not the Bears (or Packers for that matter), I can’t stand the Bears, hate the Packers even more. However to fire someone at this time of year is ridiculous-even for the Bears organization…………..

  8. It just goes to show you the ineptitude of the front office. It’s already leaked they’re firing him, and it does no benefit to anyone to keep him coaching while knowing that. What a train wreck this organization is. And if Ryan Pace is kept, it’s even worse.

  9. “Sorry Matt, you’re fired. Oh, by the way…do you think you can leave on Friday please?” If this is true, if I was him, I’d walk now.

  10. What? No more gobbledy gook. Nagy can’t run an offense. The problem is he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room. Send Pace back to New Orleans were he came from.

  11. Es El Repollo! says:

    November 23, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Perfect. Let’s go ahead and give Fields a new offense to learn every year or every other year at best while we’re busy trotting him out there to get Trubisky’ed
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    So instead you would rather the Bears double down and keep Nagy even though they know hes not the answer just to give fields extra time in this system? Yup seems you had no thought process.

  12. Bears have a presser in less than an hour, and they haven’t publicly denied this report. I’m guessing Nagy’s fired today after this embarrassing leak.

  13. They need to get the chiefs OC to he headcoach. Or maybe Byron Leftwich.

    No retreads like Philly’s ex headcoach

  14. Firing Nagy in mid-season only makes sense if the owners want to ensure that the team will finish at the bottom of the league. Getting first or second pick in the draft is a great way to attract a new head coach, who will be told that he can choose his own franchise QB.

  15. pilingon57 says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:47 am
    Compare Nagy’s record to Shanahan’s record
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    It’s a valid comparison where Nagy actually had an above .500 win % I believe (someone will fact check me 😜) but depending on how the season ends in Santa Clara I think Shanahan could/should be fired too. Neither have been good

  16. McCaskeys:
    “Hey Matt, we’re having Thanksgiving dinner after the game. We know you’d to join us but you’ll want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, right? Right?. You have a Happy Thanksgiving now, ya hear! Happy Holidays from all of us!”.

  17. Why would you tell the coach he’s going to be fired after the next game? In any other profession, you fire a guy and then get security to escort him out. I don’t see what benefit it is to the coach or the team to know you’re gone after the next game.

  18. Surely Pace is next. He has been the GM since 2015 and the only first round picks still on the roster are Roquan Smith and Justin Fields (obviously because he’s this years pick). He’s traded first round picks 2 times during that span and we don’t have a first round pick again next year because you guessed it, traded again. Terrible GM.

  19. As a Bears fan, I’m 100% for firing Nagy (and Pace, and Phillips!) from their current roles, but this report makes little sense. Why tell somebody they’re going to be fired? Just fire them.

  20. Nagy isn’t a good head coach but they don’t have anybody good in the front office. And would someone tell me why o-line isn’t the top priority for all NFL coaches?

  21. Chicago is where Quarterbacks go to die… unless they’re Jay Cutler, in which case they engineer an excuse to bail on their old team and go to Chicago to go on life support and bring their coaches down with them.

    It seems like the Bears front office gleefully screws up qb’s by putting sh**ty personnel around them, and then blames the coaches, who usually were poor hires to begin with.

    So, yes, Chicago is the place where both quarterbacks and coaches go to die.

  22. They need to get the chiefs OC to he headcoach.
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    No thanks. Saw enough of Andy Reid’s system in the hands of someone who’s not Andy Reid. Didn’t like it.

  23. what head coach would want to come in inheriting a bust qb with no first round pick next season. Bad line. Mack isn’t worth his contract and his pay hurts the roster. Their best receiver is gone. Next regime is starting out in a hole with nothing to dig themselves out.

  24. A pre-firing notice? Never heard of that before. Most companies will let you go immediately and not let you back in the office. Might get some severance pay, but you don’t let them back in the building.

  25. “I think Shanahan could/should be fired too. Neither have been good”

    Since the beginning of 2019, Shanahan is 26-19 and playing in the toughest division in football. Shanahan is safe.

  26. TO GEORGE MCCASKEY – 1. FIRE NAGY-DONE 2. TAKE PHILLIPS OUT OF THE EQUATION MOVING FOWARD 3.RYAN PACE – FIRE, MAKE HIM HEAD OF SCOUTING, OR BOOT HIM UP STAIRS 3. BRING IN A FOOTBALL GUY AS PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS – ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO – GOING WITH THE SAME OLD POWER STRUCTURE MAKING IMPORTANT DECISION SIMPLY HAS NOT WORK

  27. It’s not just Nagy that’s wrong with the Bears. Even the way they’re letting him go is all wrong. I would not coach that game on Thursday if I had been told beforehand that it will be my last. Who fires someone this way? Da Bears.

  28. We find it’s always best to fire people on a Friday. There’s less chance of confrontation. Standard operating procedure.

  29. Sunday Swami says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:56 am
    Es El Repollo! says:

    November 23, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Perfect. Let’s go ahead and give Fields a new offense to learn every year or every other year at best while we’re busy trotting him out there to get Trubisky’ed
    —————
    So instead you would rather the Bears double down and keep Nagy even though they know hes not the answer just to give fields extra time in this system? Yup seems you had no thought process.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Nagy makes a convenient scapegoat, that’s all. He was smart enough to know Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to say Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to predict Fields could get injured due to poor and/or slow decisions due to not being ready. He was smart enough to sit Fields and try to GET him ready.

    But the fan base knew better. You raised so much Caine, the higher-ups caved and forced Nagy to play Fields. Now you want to blame Nagy because Fields wasn’t ready AND he’s injured. And don’t forget to be mad at me for it. It’s just so perfectly, typical Chicago.

  30. The Cubs went 108 years without winning a championship. For the Bears, it’s only been 36 years. By Chicago standards, that’s a short dry spell.

  31. Nagy makes a convenient scapegoat, that’s all. He was smart enough to know Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to say Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to predict Fields could get injured due to poor and/or slow decisions due to not being ready. He was smart enough to sit Fields and try to GET him ready.

    But the fan base knew better. You raised so much Caine, the higher-ups caved and forced Nagy to play Fields. Now you want to blame Nagy because Fields wasn’t ready AND he’s injured. And don’t forget to be mad at me for it. It’s just so perfectly, typical Chicago.

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    Nagy’s problems started 2 years ago. His first season he went 12-4 and it’s been all down hill from there. He was billed as an offensive coach and QB whisperer and couldn’t do anything with the offense or Trubisky. Fields has definitely looked like a rookie this year, but Nagy hasn’t done him any favors either and the supporting case leaves a lot to be desired. Is it all his fault, absolutely not. Pace deserves a lot of blame too. It’s not a Bears thing though, if you’re not up for the job you will be replaced with someone who is.

  32. flaccotoboldin says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:59 am
    They need to get the chiefs OC to he headcoach. Or maybe Byron Leftwich.

    No retreads like Philly’s ex headcoach

    —————————–

    Clearly you wouldn’t be interested in a super bowl winning coach. Don’t you think there’s a reason that Eric Bienemy hasn’t gotten a job? Lots of baggage there my friend.

  33. laccotoboldin says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:59 am

    They need to get the chiefs OC to he headcoach.

    ————————————————————————

    Are you being sarcastic? Nagy was the Chiefs OC. You’re not going to go get your next HC from the exact same place you got the one you just fired.

  34. Es El Repollo! says:

    November 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:56 am
    Es El Repollo! says:

    November 23, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Perfect. Let’s go ahead and give Fields a new offense to learn every year or every other year at best while we’re busy trotting him out there to get Trubisky’ed
    —————
    So instead you would rather the Bears double down and keep Nagy even though they know hes not the answer just to give fields extra time in this system? Yup seems you had no thought process.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Nagy makes a convenient scapegoat, that’s all. He was smart enough to know Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to say Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to predict Fields could get injured due to poor and/or slow decisions due to not being ready. He was smart enough to sit Fields and try to GET him ready.

    But the fan base knew better. You raised so much Caine, the higher-ups caved and forced Nagy to play Fields. Now you want to blame Nagy because Fields wasn’t ready AND he’s injured. And don’t forget to be mad at me for it. It’s just so perfectly, typical Chicago
    ———
    1st off you can quit with the “you” stuff. I’m not a fan of Chicago, all I did was point out your errant thought process(or lack of a thought process actually). Again your solution is “well he wasnt the only problem so keep him around”. That thinking in window faucets of life is how you attain mediocrity at best. The fact is Nagy had both Trubisky and now time with Fields and NEITHER showed any improvement. If your an “offensive guru” and your 1st round qb looks worse each week you realize it’s not likely he will he able to develop Fields SO rather than bring Nagy back the smart move is to get someone else in. Whether Nagy was the problem or not really doesnt matter what matters is Nagy ISNT the solution so bringing him back next yr so you keep Fields in the same system for 2 years is the dumbest solution because then your likely firing Nagy next year with 2 years of Fields rookie contract used up.

  35. Es El Repollo! says:

    November 23, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    November 23, 2021 at 11:56 am
    Es El Repollo! says:

    November 23, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Perfect. Let’s go ahead and give Fields a new offense to learn every year or every other year at best while we’re busy trotting him out there to get Trubisky’ed
    —————
    So instead you would rather the Bears double down and keep Nagy even though they know hes not the answer just to give fields extra time in this system? Yup seems you had no thought process.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Nagy makes a convenient scapegoat, that’s all. He was smart enough to know Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to say Fields wasn’t ready. He was smart enough to predict Fields could get injured due to poor and/or slow decisions due to not being ready. He was smart enough to sit Fields and try to GET him ready.

    But the fan base knew better. You raised so much Caine, the higher-ups caved and forced Nagy to play Fields. Now you want to blame Nagy because Fields wasn’t ready AND he’s injured. And don’t forget to be mad at me for it. It’s just so perfectly, typical Chicago
    ———
    1st off you can quit with the “you” stuff. I’m not a fan of Chicago, all I did was point out your errant thought process(or lack of a thought process actually). Again your solution is “well he wasnt the only problem so keep him around”. That thinking in most facets of life is how you attain mediocrity at best. The fact is Nagy had both Trubisky and now time with Fields and NEITHER showed any improvement. If your an “offensive guru” and your 1st round qb looks worse each week you realize it’s not likely he will he able to develop Fields SO rather than bring Nagy back the smart move is to get someone else in. Whether Nagy was the problem or not really doesnt matter what matters is Nagy ISNT the solution so bringing him back next yr so you keep Fields in the same system for 2 years is the dumbest solution because then your likely firing Nagy next year with 2 years of Fields rookie contract used up.

  36. What realistic reason is there to believe at this point that Nagy will be an excellent head coach in the NFL, beyond a stubborn refusal to admit a mistake? There is no coherent direction, no sense of a successful plan in any discernible time frame, no feeling of confidence that he knows what he’s doing. Just a guy reacting to events and deflecting and babbling endlessly about “intangibles” while the tangible evidence is staring you in the face. Rip the bandaid off for goodness sake and move on.

  37. If I were the Bears? Yeah, fire Nagy. But after the season ends. It’s not going anytime soon anyway. Fire Pace and Phillips too. Get Louis Riddick. When Riddick comes, tell him to call Doug Pederson’s agent. Pay him whatever he asks. And tell Ted Phillips to take a seat. He’s about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike, anyway.

  38. Nagy made the playoffs two out of the last three years even though they are almost completely bereft of talent. No QB (Fields was only drafted this year and it’s not clear if he’s any good), no RB, one WR at best, not a particularly good offensive line, no defensive standouts other than maybe Mack and Smith). You can fire him but that ain’t gonna fix the problem.

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