Bears Relishing The Byproducts Of Winning

"It's a whole new, different feeling," Mitchell Trubisky says.

Chris Emma
October 10, 2018 - 2:12 pm
Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) and linebacker Khalil Mack (52) celebrate.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- It's one thing to preach a winning culture but another to experience it. Perhaps that's the biggest change for the Bears, who own a 3-1 record and reside in first place in the NFC North.

Fresh off their bye week, the Bears returned to work this past Monday carrying over the same feeling as before the break. They earned a third straight victory with a 48-10 rout of the Buccaneers at Soldier Field on Sept. 30, a performance in which everything seemed to click. Prior to that, most players in the Bears locker room had yet to experience a three-game winning streak in Chicago.

Being in first place is newfound territory for this team, which is enjoying the environment that comes with winning.

"It's a whole new, different feeling for those of us who were here last year," second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "Especially for myself, it's so much better coming into the building, being excited about going to work, about practicing with these guys. Even in the film room, the meetings, everyone is just that much more locked in, knows what to do and is hungry to get better week after week.

"I guess that's a byproduct of winning, and it's something we want to just continue to keep going, keep growing and getting better. That's the goal every single week. You want the W. But the vibe around the building with this team, the chemistry, the love we have for one another is definitely something that we pride ourselves on. I think it's what's helping us win as well."

The Bears were 14-34 in the John Fox era, which spanned from 2015 to 2017, a stretch in which they never once recorded three consecutive wins. A failure to capitalize on opportunity -- be it within a game or a portion of the season -- is part of what ultimately cost Fox his job and brought the Bears to hire Matt Nagy as his replacement.

A culture is something that must be built and then sustained over time, but the Bears appear to be off to a good start. They credit Nagy for providing them with a constant jolt with which they can be successful.

"He brings tremendous energy and passion," center Cody Whitehair said. "Just trying to put us in the best possible situation that we can be in to succeed. As an offensive-minded coach, he does the same thing for the defense. So that's always cool to see.

"He comes with great energy every day, tries new things and just believes in the players that he has."

The Bears (3-1) play at the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday.

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