Bears Coach Matt Nagy Discusses Bye Week, Dolphins

Rick Gregg
October 08, 2018 - 9:37 am
Matt Nagy

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy speaks during the press conference at Halas Hall. (Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The practice week ramps back up for the Chicago Bears following a Week 5 bye week.

WBBM Newsradio's Rick Gregg talked with Bears coach Matt Nagy to discuss how the team spent their week off.

Nagy said he "was able to watch some good tape on the Dolphins, which was nice, but was able to also get away and spend some good time with the family and see some sports with my kids - do what is important there and make sure I get some good quality time with the family, which was good."

Because now the Bears have 12 straight weeks of games. 

WBBM: What is your message to the team? What is the theme of the week?

"Well the biggest theme for us is just to understand that we've done a good job right now through four games, putting ourselves in a good situation, but really it means nothing. So for us it's to make sure that we just keep those blinders on, we keep the earmuffs on - we don't listen to anything that is being said, we focus on this game, one game at a time, and if we do that, keep control, we will be in control and in good hands," Nagy said.

WBBM: Last time you and I talked, just before the season started, I asked if Mitchell Trubisky's job was to win games or just not to lose them and you were adamant​ he was out there to win. How important was it to you, to not only see him do that, but to do it so well against Tampa? 

"Well it is always important and anytime at that position, you always want your quarterbacks to do what you just said and that is to win games. He understands that. There is no one more focused on doing that on this team than Mitchell and it was nice to see him come out and have a great game and now what we want to do is continue to grow off of that. As a team right now, collectively, we are playing well and I like that. I like the energy, enthusiasm and he is a big part of it," Nagy said.

Khalil Mack was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month. We can see what he does on field, but I am told that at practices it is almost like having another coach out there. How is he helping everyone else get better?

"He is like another coach and he just goes 100 percent  - it just shows the guys how to play fast, how to practice, how to listen to your coaches and it is infectious, it is contagious and he is raising everyone's level on that side of the ball," Nagy said. 

WBBM: You watched the Miami tape. What did you see? Give us a quick thought of the Dolphins.

"They had a tough loss yesterday. They had a nice 17-point lead and ended up losing the game. Cincinnati never gave up. They kept clawing, scratching their way back. It'll be a big challenge for us. They have an offensive that has some playmakers on that side of the ball. Defensively they fly around and they play sound defense. It'll be a big challenge for us, but again, I want us to focus on what we do well and let everything else happen off of that," Nagy said.

The Bears face the Dolphins on Sunday at noon. Pregame begins at 9 a.m.

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