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The Chicago Bears have lost five straight and are rapidly falling out of the playoff chase. Most of their issues have resulted from inconsistent quarterback play and other problems on offense. But Sunday’s 41-25 loss to the dreaded Green Bay Packers was mostly the fault of the defense. OK, entirely.
So Bears coach Matt Nagy doesn’t feel bad about calling the defense out. He may have been harsh, but for Nagy, it was the right thing to do.
Now, some have questioned whether the players would turn on Nagy, whether they found his criticism to be too strong, and whether it might create division between the team and its coach.
Nagy brushed all of it off.
“I know it can come off that way to outsiders or people who aren’t in the building,” Nagy said. “But I’ll just say there was zero concerns of any of us [that] there’s divisiveness or anything with me versus [the players]. There is none of that.”
“We’re all in this together. We’re in a great spot for that part of it. And we just talked through, ‘OK, why did that happen?’ And I think our defensive guys, they’ve got a lot of pride,” Nagy said. “They’re angry at how that went down.
“I think they respect and understand where I’m coming from because they believe the same thing. That’s what we talked about. That’s where it’s at. And they’re motivated to get back out there.”
The Bears were once 5-1. Today, they’re 5-6. So strong words from the coach are warranted. Nagy indicated that the bottom line is the players know that and accept it.