Matt Nagy, Bears Share Blame From Loss

"It starts with me," Nagy said. "I need to be better."

Chris Emma
September 06, 2019 - 1:12 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The sun did indeed rise the morning after the Bears' disheartening loss Thursday, but it only briefly shined through the clouds over a dispirited city.

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As coach Matt Nagy searched for glimmers of light from the Bears' 10-3 loss to the Packers, the film only confirmed what he saw from the home sidelines of Soldier Field.

"It's everything that we felt and I felt postgame," Nagy said in a humble media session at Halas Hall on Friday.

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While there's blame for everybody on the Bears' offense, Nagy continued to shoulder the greatest burden. The game tape revealed all of the struggles on offense all over again. For Nagy, it confirmed what he felt was a poor personal performance in calling plays.

The Bears had just 254 yards of offense.

“It wasn’t good enough," Nagy said. "Wasn't good enough. And I told the players that. I told them that last night in the locker room, it starts with me. I need to be better. And I will be better. And I’m going to demand that from myself, from our coaches and from our players.

"Good coaches figure out the why part. They don’t just get all angry and upset and start pointing fingers or frustrated. Last night that was tough. And I’m not talking about right after the game. I’m talking about the whole night and even this morning. You still feel it."

In the aftermath of the loss, Nagy acknowledged his frustration and referred to the Bears' three points scored as "ridiculous." Unsolicited, he said fans "have every right to boo — every right to boo" after a showing like that in such an anticipated game. Friday morning allowed Nagy and the Bears to review what went wrong and seek solutions.

Nagy said the Bears should've been more assertive in establishing the run and needed to get David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen more involved. He felt the offensive line lacked consistency and that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could've been more confident with certain throws.

Nagy also confirmed through the film that the Bears' lack of execution offensively was due in part to an unusual game flow.

"I've never been a part of a game like that," Nagy said. "It was a weird game. No rhythm."

Ultimately, it was just one game in the books -- an 0-1 start for the Bears -- but it revealed many issues Nagy knows his team must sort out.

The Bears return to practice Monday in advance of their game against Vic Fangio's Broncos in Denver on Sept. 15. After a weekend filled with self-criticism and perhaps more clouds to come, Nagy and his team are eager to get working once again.

"I have this competitiveness in me that I’m not going to let that take away the way I’m going to attack this next week," Nagy said. "I’m going to use this to make me a better coach, and we’re going to use it as a team. I need to be better, there’s no doubt about it.

"You can't panic. There's too much season left. I refuse to do that."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.