Matt Nagy was hoping to avoid a two-game losing streak when he faced Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7, but he'd have no such luck, and now more ill fortune as fallen his way. One day after being dismantled in a 38-3 shellacking at the hands of the Buccaneers, Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19 -- he announced on Monday -- forcing him into quarantine. He's the latest on the team to be affected by the novel coronavirus, with the Bears having placed at least five players on the COVID/Reserve list over the past two weeks.
In the absence of Nagy, the Bears will look to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor to run meetings and potentially more. Tabor has been in his current role with the Bears since 2018, signing on as a part of Nagy's incoming coaching staff at the time. Previously, he was special teams coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, for roughly seven seasons, and isn't lacking in coaching experience.
That said, if Nagy fails to clear protocol before the coming matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8, all he can hope is for the Bears to rally and figure out how to prevent a three-game losing streak that would strap them to a 3-5 record with their bye week still roughly two weeks away. He's not the first NFL head coach to test positive for COVID-19, with Kliff Kingsbury being the most recent, and the Arizona Cardinals were able to deliver a win while Kingsbury recovered at home.
Other than testing positive for COVID-19, however, Nagy and Kingsbury have nothing in common at that NFL level, because the latter remains undefeated in 2021 while the former is doing all he can to hang onto his job for the long-term. That becomes tougher to do from outside of the building, but until/unless he's without symptoms and delivers two negative tests in a 24-hour period, that's exactly where he'll be.
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