Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey told players and coaches on Wednesday that there was no truth to a report that head coach Matt Nagy would be fired after Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions, a source told The Athletic. Nagy addressed the report — which said he’d been informed the Thanksgiving Day game would be his last — on Tuesday, saying it was “not accurate.”
Nagy is 31-29 in four seasons with the Bears. He’s led the team to two playoff appearances — a pair of losses in the wild-card round — and he’s never had a team finish under .500, although that is in jeopardy this season with Chicago at 3-7.
Nagy also confirmed that Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton will start against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Dalton, who opened the 2021 season as the starter, is replacing rookie Justin Fields, who is dealing with a rib injury following the Bears’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Dalton has thrown for 471 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in four games this season. This will be Dalton’s third start of the 2021 season, with the last coming on Sept. 19 against the Bengals when he left the game with a knee injury.
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