(670 The Score) On what's known as "Black Monday" in the NFL, Matt Nagy was preparing for a playoff game instead of wondering about his place as the Bears' head coach.
After a six-game losing streak, the Bears saved a season that seemed destined to slide away from them by winning three of their final four games. Though that lone loss came in a 35-16 defeat to the Packers on Sunday, the Bears backed into the postseason as the No. 7 seed in the NFC, landing a matchup at the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round next Sunday.
Once on the hot seat, Nagy's job in Chicago is likely now safe. But he hasn't sought assurances from Bears management about whether that's truly the case.
"I haven't gotten into any discussions with that," Nagy said Monday. "Which, for us right now with where we're at, that's not a focus. We are so focused in. We were trying like heck to do everything we could to have a chance to get us into the playoffs. Our players and our coaches did that, any way you look at it.
"If we have to be concerned about that in regards to our focus here, you can't have that. We're so extremely focused on the Saints. It's great that we've made it two out of three years. It's a credit to the players, the coaches, the support staff, to Ryan (Pace), George (McCaskey), Ted (Phillips), everybody. This is all of us.
"There are a lot of other teams today that are trying to figure out their flights home, where they're going. And we're not."
McCaskey and Pace haven't addressed reporters since early September, prior to kickoff of the regular season. Nagy is 28-20 in the regular season across three seasons in Chicago and 0-1 in the playoffs. The Bears reached the postseason in 2018 before losing in the wild-card round, where they now find themselves again.
In this regular season, the Bears bottomed out with a loss to the Lions on Dec. 6, a game in which they squandered a 30-20 lead late in the fourth quarter to the team occupying last place in the NFC North. It was after that game that Nagy's job security -- along with that of the general manager in Pace and team president in Phillips -- seemed bleak.
But the Bears didn't break apart after what was their sixth straight loss, rallying back with three straight wins that positioned themselves for a playoff berth Sunday. Though it came by virtue of the Rams' 18-7 win against the Cardinals rather than their own outcome against the Packers, the Bears still took pride in being in this spot.
Nagy perhaps saved his job by getting the Bears into the playoffs.
"We're not satisfied," Nagy said. "That's the only thing that we care about and that we're focused on."
The Bears on Monday were still working through the injury statuses of linebacker Roquan Smith (elbow) and rookie receiver Darnell Mooney, who each exited in the loss to the Packers on Sunday. Rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) is considered day-to-day. Johnson has missed the last three games.
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.