The Chicago Bears have come out of the bye week with a win. The team has had to deal with plenty of distractions throughout their struggling season, and head coach Matt Nagy is thankful for how they handled them all along the way. He was happy that his players “kept fighting.”
Matt Nagy is thankful for how the Chicago Bears handled “distractions” to pull out a win over the Detroit Lions. The Bears head coach said that he was looking forward to getting back on the field and focusing on football.
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ESPN’s Eric Woodyard
On Thanksgiving, Matt Nagy may be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
With all of the speculation around the Chicago Bears coach’s job fate over the last week, the 16-14 win against the Lions provided a much-needed reprieve as they stopped a five-game losing streak.
“When there are distractions, as there are in every sport and in all aspects of life,” Nagy said, “there will always be diversions.” “It’s all about how you deal with them. And, once again, we won today, despite the fact that things might have gone a number of other ways. But, you know, the reason we won is because of how they managed the distractions. That’s why, as a leader in this industry, I believe it’s my responsibility to provide open and honest communication. That’s where I can’t express how much this victory means to me today because of what they accomplished.”
The Bears have been the subject of controversy this week after Patch.com reported on Tuesday that Nagy had already been notified by the Bears that the game against the Lions on Thanksgiving would be his last game, regardless of the result. Nagy categorically refuted the allegation, calling it “fake,” and Bears club chairman George McCaskey addressed the players on Wednesday, assuring them that Nagy will not be dismissed after the game.
Despite the players’ refusal to discuss the meeting in detail, quarterback Andy Dalton stated the outside noise didn’t affect the team’s ability to win with a last-second 28-yard field goal by kicker Cairo Santos.
The Bears moved the ball 18 times in the last 8:30 minutes of the game before hitting the game-winning field goal as time expired, giving them their first victory since Week 5.
“I think there’s a lot that’s gone on,” Dalton said after becoming the first Bears quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Nick Foles in Week 9 of the 2020 season. “What matters most is that the players in the locker room stick together through it all.”
“There’s still a lot of season remaining, regardless of what’s being reported, regardless of what’s going on outside and whatnot. Our primary goal is to win games. I believe the most important thing for us is to do all we can to put our best foot forward and make the most of the next opportunity, which was today.”
Nagy is eager to go about his job now that the Bears have won to keep this squad locked in.
Nagy said the speculation about his employment position hasn’t harmed his ability to coach the club, and it hasn’t impacted him personally since he has a strong support structure in place. With everything straightened up, he expects to continue doing so.
“Again, there’s just my understanding, which has been the same from the day I signed on to be this coach, which is to win as many games as I possibly can and do it the right way,” Nagy said of his job security going forward. “You understand when you lose five games in a row. You know what territory it can go to when you’re 3-7. Do you get what I’m saying? That’s just a part of the job. I knew it when I shot this photograph four years ago, and thus here we are. Every week is a little different than the last.
“This one was certainly out of the ordinary. This is one of those weeks when you’ll be able to put it to good use. You don’t make any predictions, but when you get on that plane tonight and everyone is having a good time because they can celebrate and have fun watching the tape and enjoy their Thanksgiving and get back to being healthy and understand what games are coming up, the only game that matters is the game against Arizona coming up. That is all there is to it. So, again, all I have to say to those players is that I respect them, and we have a great bunch of individuals, both players and coaches, who proved it today by winning.”
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