Bears Coach Matt Nagy Talks Loss Against Saints, Gives Fans Pep Talk

Josh Liss
October 21, 2019 - 9:09 am
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy paces the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Chicago, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The New Orleans Saints dominated both sides of the ball in a convincing win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and the Saints improved to 5-0 without their injured star quarterback by beating the Chicago Bears 36-25 on Sunday.

The Saints (6-1) again showed why they still see themselves as Super Bowl contenders even though their star quarterback, Drew Brees, is out indefinitely because of a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Bridgewater completed 23 of 38 passes, Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 131 yards, and Latavius Murray ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears (3-3) lost their second straight, with Mitchell Trubisky struggling after missing a game because of a shoulder injury.

They were hoping their prized quarterback would build on a solid showing in Week 3 against Washington, when he threw for three touchdowns. Instead, he was erratic, made poor decisions and heard it from the crowd.

Trubisky finished 34 of 54 with 251 yards and two late touchdowns in his first appearance since he was hurt early against Minnesota on Sept. 29. He said his shoulder was fine, but the offense sure is not.

The run game was once again an afterthought, with Chicago setting a franchise low with seven carries. And the 17 yards rushing were by far the fewest this season.

"We just have no rhythm," Trubisky said. "It's not about pointing fingers. We're struggling as an offense."

About all the fans had to cheer for was a 102-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson in the first quarter that matched the second-longest in franchise history.

But after losing at Oakland in London two weeks ago, it was another rough outing for the Bears. They gave up a season-high 424 yards while being held to 252 and managed just four first downs through the first three quarters. It added up to their fifth straight loss to the Saints, and a 1-2 record at Soldier Field this season.

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

WBBM: I'd imagine that you are a little down, but how are you handling the sort of emotional punch in the gut from yesterday? How are you labeling what happened with the Saints?

"Yeah, no, it's hard, it's frustrating. It's two losses in a row here. We know that we can play better and that's what we need to do," Nagy said. "I just need to make sure that we all understand that. We know we are six games in and we all need to look in the mirror and try to get better in a lot of different ways."

WBBM: Those 'look in the mirror'-type Mondays. What kind of critique has your quarterback earned? How are you judging Mitch Trubisky's first game back from injury? Obviously it was a slow-go offensive day.

"Yeah it was. It's not good enough on the offensive side. You know we have to score points, and we did not do that yesterday," Nagy said. "So we are going through the tape right now. We are looking at the why part and that's always the part that is our jobs as coaches to fix."

WBBM: Trubisky finished 34 of 54 with 251 yards, a couple of late TDs, no interceptions, sacked twice, and boos trickling down from the home crowd. They are frustrated. They are eager to see the Mitch and the guys live up to their high expectations. The offensive, I guess I am pinning it down, for lack of a better word, is it broken? Has the code been cracked? Where do you go from here from this sort of underachieving offense?

"I wouldn't say the codes have been cracked or it's broken," Nagy said. "It's not good enough. When it comes down to it, you have to score points in this league. You need to get first downs, you need to sustain drives, you got to have the time of possession, and there's a lot of things that go into that, so we are well aware of the limited amount of rush attempts that we had yesterday. There's things that go into that as well. All and all, for me, I need to make sure that I lead these guys in every way that I can; and that we figure out the 'why' part."

WBBM: And you are as confident as ever continuing to call the plays, right?

"Yeah, like I said yesterday to the media, that's stuff that we handle internally and if there's anything that's ever done probably no one will ever know, but us," Nagy said.

WBBM: And the defense roughed up again, surprisingly. When will that real Bears' D reappear? That's what everyone wants to see. How are you diagnosing that unit and what it is struggling with?

"You go into a game. They don't have Drew Brees and they don't have Alvin Kamara, but they do still have some pretty good players and they went 4-0 before us. Now at the same time, I do look back and think, our D has been playing real well and I think the one part they can help us out is playing a little bit better on offense, to sustain our drives and keep our defense off the field," Nagy said. "You know, I have all the confidence in the world in our defense and I also have all the confidence in the world in our players and everybody that's in our building, that's who we have right now, we've got our guys in the building and our guys understand that, so we just need to work hard."

WBBM: I think some fans might need a pep-talk. Anything as we let you cruise - frustrating Bears fans - any type of message, maybe similar to what you are telling your guys here?

"It is the same thing that we are telling our guys. We stick together," Nagy said. "I always look at things with the glass half full. Last year, at this time, we were 3-3. We came off of two losses and we went of a five game winning streak. So we need to worry about winning one game here and that's going to be our message this week."

The Bears take on the Los Angeles Chargers at home on Sunday at noon for Week 8.

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