On “Black Monday” — the day that NFL teams fire their coaches — Matt Nagy has a playoff game for which to prepare. That didn’t spare the Bears coach from one question about whether he’s been told he’ll return next year.
On Monday, Nagy said he’s been in constant communication with chairman George McCaskey, president/CEO Ted Phillips and general manager Ryan Pace — but hasn’t talked about his job status next season.
“My conversations that I have with George and with Ted and with Ryan, we stay in constant communication,” he said. “That’s where they’re at right now. I haven’t gotten into any discussions with that. Which for us right now where we’re at, that’s not a focus. I can tell you that right now. I can tell you that we are so focused in.
“We were trying like heck to do everything we could to do whatever we could to have a chance to get into the dance in the playoffs. And our players and our coaches did that. Any way you look at it. Now, if we have to be concerned with that in regards to our focus there, you can’t have that. We’re so, so extremely focused on the Saints. And it’s great that we made it two out of three years. And it’s a credit to the players, to the coaches, to the support staff, to Ryan, to Ted, George, everybody. This is all of us.”
Nagy’s future with the team appears safe — and is much more stable than it was last month, when the Bears were mired in a six-game losing streak. They won three of their final four games and backed into the playoffs at 8-8.
Nagy has gone .500 in his last two seasons after posting a 12-4 record in his first year, and has made the playoffs twice. He is 28-19, counting a first-round playoff loss to the Eagles.
“There are a lot of other teams right now who are trying to figure out their flights home today and where they’re going,” Nagy said. “And we’re not. So I think that that’s again something we’re going to build off of and we’re proud of. But we’re not satisfied. And that’s the only thing we care about right now and are focused on.”