Columnist does post-mortem on his failed prediction Bears coach would be fired

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Head coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears reacts during the first half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo credit Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A columnist who wrongly predicted the firing of Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy following the team’s Thanksgiving Day game is explaining himself.

Mark Konkol of Chicago Patch says he may have gotten “bamboozled” by the anonymous source he cited in a Nov. 23 column. Or, he wrote, the Bears may have made adjustments after his story said Nagy had been informed he was out after the Bears-Lions game (Chicago ended up edging Detroit, 16-14).

Nagy last week denied the report.

“A trusted source in a position to know confidently told me Nagy would not be the head coach after Thursday's game. Was that right at the time? Did something change? I don't know,” Konkol said in a follow-up column over the holiday weekend.

A variety of Bears analysts and observers expect Nagy to part ways with the struggling team, which is 4-7, at the end of the season. But firing a coach mid-season would have been unprecedented for the Bears—and telling a coach before a game even more so, pundits said.

“If my source fed me bad information about Nagy, I should have done better, much in the way the Bears should have done better,” Konkol said.