According to multiple sources, Matt Nagy will miss Sunday’s game at Soldier Field due to COVID-19 protocol. This means that acting head coach and full-time special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will be the head decision maker for the Bears on Sunday.
Nagy, who is vaccinated, needs two consecutive negative tests in order to be cleared to return. Until that occurs, he will remain separate from the team in all aspects. In his time away from the team, Nagy has continued to attend meetings virtually.
Acting Head Coach
Chris Tabor has taken over as acting head coach because he is the special teams coordinator. Special teams coaches are some of the only coaches on the team who deal with every position group as well as both sides of the ball. This, paired with a less extensive load of weekly planning than offense and defense, makes them good acting head coach candidates.
I cannot help but wonder how the offense will look this week without Nagy having an in-person influence on game plan and in-game decision making. Although, I don’t believe it will be a vastly different scheme. However, I am more curious to see if any of their situational tendencies change as far as personnel, pass, run, and play-action usage go. This opportunity could provide a preview if Nagy does not remain the Bears Head Coach through the end of the season.
While the Bears will be without Khalil Mack, they are expecting to see a few names return to their starting lineup this week in Robert Quinn, Akiem Hicks, Elijah Wilkinson or potentially Larry Borom taking over the right tackle spot. This is a winnable game for the Bears on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how the temporary coaching situation impacts the result.