Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was watching the end of the Browns game Monday night with his wife Nikki when, in a quiet moment, she mentioned how many coaching staffs he was a part of in Cleveland. From 2011-17, Chris Tabor kept his job despite the firings of three different head coaches: Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine.
“That was the only time we really talked about it,” he said Thursday.
Still, he knows the effect that job pressure has on his family members, and calls them resilient for dealing with it. That pressure will only ratchet up after Sunday’s season finale, when the Bears figure to fire head coach Matt Nagy. In most cases — though not all, as Tabor proved in Cleveland — firing a head coach means dismissing all his assistants too.
Coaches hear the rumors. So do their family members.
Bears coaches don’t seek sympathy for themselves at this time of year, but they do acknowledge what toll the uncertainty has on their families. Being part of a vanquished coaching staff means scrambling for employment, selling a house and moving to a new city. It means kids saying goodbye to their school friends.
Perhaps the only thing worse is the weeks of speculation that leads up to it.
“To say that you don’t think about it or feel it, it’s a lie,” quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo said last month. “Because you do. It’s more so for other people than yourself.”