After the rumors, Matt Nagy affirms his position in Chicago breaking the streak of five losses
DETROIT – Matt Nagy breathed a sigh of relief on Thanksgiving.
With all the scrutiny the Chicago Bears coach faced regarding his job status over the past week, the 16-14 win over the Detroit Lions snapped a five-game losing streak and the coach was very grateful.
“There will always be distractions, in all sports, in all facets of life. That’s how you handle them. And again, we got the victory today, and it could be in different ways. But the reason we got the victory is because of the way they handled distractions, you know, “Nagy explained.” That’s where for me, when you’re in this business and leading people, it’s my job to make sure there is honest and open communication. That’s where, for Me, I can’t tell you how much this victory means to me today because of what they did. “
Controversy surrounded the Bears this week due to a report Tuesday on Patch.com that claimed the Bears had already informed Nagy that the Thanksgiving game against the Lions would be their last, regardless of the outcome, which they strongly denied. .
That report prompted Bears team president George McCaskey to address the players Wednesday, reinforcing that Nagy would not be fired after the game.
Although the players did not go into details about the meeting, quarterback Andy Dalton indicated that outside noise did not come within the team, as they were able to close the victory with a 28-yard field goal in the last second from kicker Cairo Santos. .
The Bears drove the ball 18 plays during the final 8:30 of the game before kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired for their first win since Week 5.
“I think, like I said, a lot has happened. The most important thing is that the guys in the locker room stay together throughout the whole process,” stressed Dalton, who became the Bears’ first quarterback with a game of 300. yards since Nick Foles did it in Week 9 of the 2020 season.
“Regardless of what is reported, regardless of what is happening abroad and all that, there is still a long season left. For us, the focus is on winning games. I think the most important thing for us is to do everything we can. ; give our best and make the most of the next one, and that was today, and we did it. “
Now that the Bears are victorious, Nagy wants to do a good job and keep the team on track.
Nagy said he has not let the talk about his work status impair his ability to lead and that it has not affected him on a personal level because of his support system.
“Again, for me, the only thing I understand, which is what it has been like since the day I signed up to be a coach, is to win as many games as possible and do it the right way,” Nagy said of his understanding your future job security. “When you’re 3-7, you know what territory you can get to. You know what I mean? That comes with work. I knew it four years ago when I took this, and here we are. Every week is a little different ”.
“This was definitely different. This is one of those weeks where you use it to move forward.” “You don’t make any predictions but what you do is when you go on the plane heading home tonight and everyone has fun because they can celebrate and enjoy the video and enjoy their Thanksgiving Day and I understand the games that are coming but the only game that matters is the next one, Arizona. That’s it. So again, for me, the only thing I can say to those players is that I appreciate them and we have an incredible group of guys – players and coaches. and they showed it today by getting this victory. “