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Nagy will not coach Sunday's game vs. 49ers


Matt Nagy remains quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 Monday and will not coach Sunday's home game against the 49ers, the Bears announced Saturday.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will assume head-coaching duties for Sunday's contest at Soldier Field. Tabor, who is in his 14th season as an NFL assistant, ran practices this week at Halas Hall.

Tabor entered the NFL with the Bears as an assistant special teams coach under coordinator Dave Toub from 2008-10. Tabor then served as the Browns special teams coordinator from 2011-17 before accepting the same position on Nagy's original Bears staff in 2018.

Tabor was asked Thursday about possibly taking over for Nagy Sunday against the 49ers. 

"If that comes to fruition, I'll be honest with you, I run a team meeting every day, and I know in the special teams world, it is a team meeting," Tabor said. "I deal with every player on this football team, from the quarterbacks to the defensive linemen to the offensive linemen. I meet with them every [day]. To me, that's no different. Meeting and leading guys, that's not a big deal."

Tabor also expressed confidence that he'd be able to handle game situations, such as clock management and fourth-down decisions. 

"If that ever came up, you've always been preparing yourself your whole life to do that," Tabor said. "I've watched a lot of football games and have thought about those types of things, so if it ever did come up, put yourself in a good position to help the team."

The only time that Tabor has been a head coach was in 2001 at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. Asked to reflect on that experience Thursday, Tabor said: 

"We got let go at the University of Missouri as a staff and I went to be a small college head coach. I worked for a great head coach at the University of Missouri by the name of Larry Smith, a legend, and he told me, 'Go be a head coach, you'll learn things I can't ever teach you,' and he was exactly right. 

"I learned things from learning how to line the field to ordering the equipment to leading a team and handling different situations, and it was a great experience. So, I got a little taste of that, and if something ever happens down the road, you always feel like you've been prepared by what's happened in the past."

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