How Chicago Bears players handled rumors about Matt Nagy’s working condition. Their reward for beating the Detroit Lions – after a chaotic and confusing week – is relief.
Cole Kumit had to turn off his phone this week.
Enough thoughts were already racing through the Chicago Bears’ tight head as he tried to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Detroit Lions in a short week while also sifting in a blizzard of Rumors about coach Matt Nagy’s work status.
He didn’t need to add questions from his friends and family to the mix, as much as a Chicago-area native might understand wanting information about Weird week in Lake Forest.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s tough,” Kim said of Bears Week. “You don’t know what is true, and what is not. Then you see things that are true because I was there for themI wonder how these things come out.
“So there is a lot of confusion in that sense. But at the end of the day, you just have to stop him and go play football.”
Bears focus well enough to get out 16-14 victory over the Lions 0-10-1 On Cairo Santos’ 28-yard goal as time expired, quarterback Andy Dalton used the phrase “some rest” as the first way to describe the feeling in the Bears locker room after the game.
The Bears players clearly knew that the victory over the unbeaten Lions since their victory over the Bears on December 6, 2020 at Soldier Field was not cause for massive celebration. But after a strange few days of wondering about Nagy’s job — not to mention a five-game losing streak — they were grateful for the Thanksgiving win.
“You can relax a little bit – I mean, not relax – but I think you can enjoy the win before we get next week,” said outside full-back Robert Quinn. “So in this short moment we are going to enjoy it and want to go back to our families safely and enjoy Thanksgiving, and I have a better sense of winning than losing.”
Top Bears leaders were at least partially responsible for distractions to players after a Patch.com Tuesday’s report said the bears would shoot Nagy after the match against the lions.
Nagy denied to the media that he had been told he would be expelled, the report said. But Bears Chairman George McAskie and President and CEO Ted Phillips did not issue any statement to refute the report, leaving speculation swirling.
Although Nagy spoke with his team on Tuesday, the silence of McAskie and Phillips left Players at least partially in the dark About what was happening until McCasci met the team the next day to tell them the report wasn’t true. Camett said McCasky’s speech at least helped clear his mind.
He said: “It’s obviously a place you have to be before you play a football match, because things get serious there if the guys aren’t clear-headed and know what they’re doing there.”
Perhaps the turmoil did not bother all players.
Wide receiver Darnell Mooney, who had five points for 123 yards, said he was more busy improving on what he felt was a poor performance against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Dalton, who stepped in for Justin Fields injured They threw for 317 yards with a touchdown and interception, which was rumored to have been a case of the coach having previously worked in Cincinnati with Marvin Lewis, so he understands how to focus through things like this.
But it was still an additional problem that they had to work on this week.
Kemet said the Bears had a meeting on Wednesday night where players “gathered” to get in the right mindset to play a game.
Dalton was among the speakers, at Nagy’s request, and Mooney said Dalton was preaching about getting their booty back, giving them up and not stressing them out when they entered the game.
“The most important thing is that the guys stay in the locker room together through all of this,” Dalton said. “No matter what is reported, no matter what happens outside and things, there is still a lot of season left, and for us, the focus is on winning matches.
“That’s the biggest thing for us to do is do everything we can to give our best and get the most out of the next step. And that was the day, and we did it.”
The Bears have six more games to play, beginning with back-to-back games against the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals and the 8-3 Green Bay Packers.
They will have to put together a better game across all stages if they are to continue a winning streak. And even if they did, the uproar over the job status of Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace would continue.
The Bears defense got a hold in the fourth quarter – with the help of some Lions penalty kicks. The offense accounted for 8 minutes and 30 seconds drive to end the match – assisted by a black penalty kick. Santos came in with a field-winning goal after losing 53 yards earlier in the game. The players came out talking about the support they wanted to show their teammates.
That was enough after a tough week, and the reward is what they hope will be a quieter Thanksgiving weekend.
“There is joy in the dressing room, and they are allowed to have it,” Nagy said. “They are going to have a great Thanksgiving today because they got it and fought like hell.
“They told me what they were going to do and they did it. How cool is that?”