Chicago Bears Coach Matt Nagy entered the Thanksgiving match against Detroit Lions With uncertainty about his future with the growing organization.
Nagy has been linked to reports earlier in the week that claimed he would be fired after a Lions match. ESPN dropped the report, saying Nagy had been told that the initial rumors were untrue. Regardless, Neji and the Bears needed to win on Thursday against the Lions who didn’t win and did just that.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, November 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Thanks to poor management at the end of the game, Andy Dalton led 18 games that were capped by a field goal from Cairo Santos. Chicago won the game 16-14.
“In terms of the game, the only thing I can do is give my full appreciation and thanks to the players and coaches. I can’t ask for anything else. I mean, this is a special group across the board. You know, obviously, saying the obvious, we’ve been through some things. The distraction for the past few days, but it just proves who they are, do you know what I mean? What kind of fighters, and what kind of winners,” Nagy said after the game.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy is on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, November 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
“There’s just an appreciation that we and I as coaches have for them because they’re the ones who had to go out and do that today. You know, when you look at the game, I want to compliment Detroit. I know it’s not easy. But at the same time, I know they have great coaches and players. Great and that was a tough match. The guys advanced for us, across the board.”
He credited the team with fighting through “distractors.”
“I think everyone understands the distractions that we had, that we fought through. So, there was a report that came out that was wrong and that’s where it started. Then we trained and went on with our days. We practiced like we usually do, and I made it clear with the team. And I think That everyone knows, the next day [Bears Chairman George McCaskey] He came and had a good talk with the team and confirmed it wasn’t true. Then we started our business.”
Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton talks with coach Matt Nagy during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, November 25, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)