Bears Coach Matt Nagy Talks Chase Daniel, Mitch Trubisky

Josh Liss
November 26, 2018 - 8:08 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chase Daniel made the most of his chance to fill in for Mitchell Trubisky, having the best day of his journeyman career.

Daniel set career highs with 230 yards passing and two touchdowns to keep the Chicago Bears rolling with a 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

The NFC North-leading Bears (8-3) sealed their fifth straight victory with Kyle Fuller's interception in the end zone with a little more than a minute left.

Detroit (4-7) has lost four of five, plummeting to last place in the division.

WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss spoke with Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday following the Bear's win over the Lions.

WBBM: What thoughts may be lingering from the turkey bowl victory in Detroit and with your backup quarterback in charge?

"Well really I just was excited for the guys to put that stretch together - three games in 12 days and to finish it on Thanksgiving day with short rest - that was the biggest challenge for everybody and I love the energy that they brought. None of those games are ever easy and the guys came and fought from start to finish and came out with a W so that was always great," Nagy said. 

WBBM: What's the latest on Mitchell Trubisky and your sense of who will be the quarterback this week?

"Well we will see. We will continue to take it day by day right now with him. We gave these guys a little bit of a break here. They needed it, they deserved it. We gave some coaches a few days as well so we are all just kind of collectedly just getting back into the office and getting back on track here and focusing in on the Giants," Nagy said.

WBBM: What can you share about Mitchell's injury - his shoulder - and how his next few days will go before your decision is made?

"Well it's exactly that. He's just has to continue rehabbing it and being honest with the trainers and the trainers being honest with the coaches as to where he's at, but we're excited how Chase played and how he did - that's a credit to Ryan for creating depth on this roster and we like where we are at," Nagy said.

WBBM: Daniel had 78-career passes in 10 years before throwing 37 times against the Lions and if you need your backup QB again this week against the Giants, what does Chase give you, how does he give you confidence in him?

"Just who he is, how he plays. He's been in this league for a long time. Chase and I were together in Kansas City for three years, so I know how he works, what plays he likes, what plays he doesn't like and he's done a great job of treating that position like he's a starter each and every week, regardless of if he's playing or not, and I thought he did a great job, coming out, helping us win against Detroit and if that's the case then great, if not, he will go back to his normal role," Nagy said. 

The Bears take on the New York Giants away on Sunday at noon for Week 13.

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