DETROIT – Matt Nagy could drop a sigh of relief on Thanksgiving.
With all the scrutiny the Chicago Bears coach faced in terms of his job status over the past week, the 16-14 victory over the Detroit Lions made him extremely grateful for a much-needed celebration as they suffered a loss in five games.
“When there are distractions that are in every sport, in all facets of life – there will always be distractions. That’s how you deal with them. And again, we got the victory today, and it could have gone very different ways,” said Nagy. “But the reason we got the win is because of how they handled the distractions, you know? It’s there for me when you’re in this business and you lead people, it’s my job to make sure honest and “Open communication. That’s there, for me, I just can not tell you how much this victory means to me today because of what they did.”
Controversy surrounded the Bears this week over a report Tuesday on Patch.com claiming that the Bears had already informed Nagy that Thanksgiving’s fight against the Lions would be his last, regardless of the outcome, which he denied as being “fake”.
This report prompted Bears team chairman George McCaskey to address the players on Wednesday, reinforcing to them that Nagy would not be fired after the match.
Although the players would not go into detail about the meeting, quarterback Andy Dalton said the noise from outside did not come within the team as they were able to close out the win with a last-second 28-yard field goal by kicker Cairo Santos.
The Bears ran the ball 18 games over the final 8:30 of the game before kicking off the battle-winning field goal as time ran out for their first win since Week 5.
“I think like I said a lot has happened. The most important thing is that the guys in the locker room stick together through it all,” said Dalton, who became the first Bears QB with a 300-yard pass. games since Nick Foles made it Week 9 of the 2020 season.
“No matter what is reported, no matter what happens outside and stuff like that, there is still a lot of season left. For us, the focus is on winning matches. I think it’s the biggest thing for us that we just do everything, what we can. to put our best foot forward and make the most of the next, and that was today, and we did. “
Now that the Bears have a win, Nagy is looking to go his way to keep this team locked inside.
Nagy said he has not let the talk of his job status hurt his ability to coach the team and that it has not affected him on a personal level because of his support system in place. He hopes to continue with that, where everything is now clarified.
“Again, for me there is only – my understanding, which is what it has been since the day I signed up as this coach, is to win as many matches as I can possibly win, and do it the right way. “When you lose five games in a row, you understand,” Nagy said of his understanding of his job security going forward. “When you’re 3-7, you know what area it can get to. Do you know what I mean? It comes with the job. I knew it four years ago when I took it here, and then we’re here. Every week is a little different.
“This one was definitely different. It’s one of those weeks where you use it going forward,” he added. “You do not make any predictions, but what you do is when you go home with that plane tonight and everyone is having a good time because they are able to celebrate and have fun watching the tape and enjoying their Thanksgiving. and get back to being healthy and understanding what games are next, but the only game that matters is Arizona coming in. That’s it. So again, for me, the only thing I can say to these players that I appreciate them and we have a hell of a bunch of guys, players and coaches and they showed it today by winning. “