Team Success Gives Nagy Satisfaction After 1st Win

September 18, 2018 - 1:04 am

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The smile on Matt Nagy's face remained firm some 45 minutes after his first victory leading a team as head coach.

Ever since becoming Bears coach in January, Nagy has often let his mind drift back to a decade ago, when he was selling real estate in central Pennsylvania. He realizes what a journey it has been to this point. But the satisfaction for Nagy on Monday night was great because of the men with whom he could share it, not for his own personal glory.

The Bears earned a 24-17 win over the Seahawks in a primetime meeting at Soldier Field because the offense sustained drives to the end zone and the defense made the game-changing plays it desires.

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky shook off two interceptions and led a pivotal touchdown drive to open the fourth quarter. Cornerback Prince Amukamara recorded his first interception since Week 3 of 2015 and returned it for the game-sealing touchdown. Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith started and made plays. Star pass rusher Khalil Mack looked dominant once again.

There was so many players who made a difference in Nagy's first win, and that's what he was smiling about postgame. 

"For me, it's more about us," Nagy said. "It's just so neat to start here from our first meeting with this team, meeting all the guys and seeing us grow. I'm just really looking forward to the future of this team."

The 40-year-old Nagy would've rather enjoyed his first victory eight nights prior at Lambeau Field. His team held a 20-0 lead to open the third quarter and was well on its way to a win before Aaron Rodgers led the rival Packers to a comeback. The Bears were left heartbroken in the aftermath but devoted themselves to bouncing back right.

After focusing on finishing all week, the Bears did just that Monday night. They forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter, with Amukamara's pick-six ultimately the difference on the scoreboard. The defense appeared dominant in a winning effort, while the offense had mixed results.

Trubisky finished the game 25-of-34 for 20 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He spread the ball around well, connecting with seven different targets -- including 10 receptions for top receiver Allen Robinson -- and executed the offense well for the most part. But the issue for Trubisky remains his timing in the pocket and establishing better poise.

The Bears hired Nagy in part because of what he could mean for Trubisky's career. The two will be linked together as they move forward leading the team.

"He's really humble, and he really deflects a lot of the attention," Trubisky said. "But it was really important for us -- because he always has our back -- for us to deliver this win for him. He's just creating a great culture and mindset for this team that just continues to come together."

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How Trubisky learns from his mistakes and handles his burden leading Nagy's offense will ultimately define their tenure together and this era for the Bears. There's a lot riding on Nagy and Trubisky, bearing the weight of expectations to bring Chicago more victories ahead.

This offense remains in its infancy, which is what Nagy expected only two games into the regular season. The comfort is growing, and that means the potential is evident. The hope is that Trubisky is the reason why the Bears are winning games in the years to come.

On this night, the Bears won the game with a defense that continues to shine. It was Amukamara's play that secured this victory, and it was his responsibility to hand over the game ball to his head coach.

Unfortunately for Nagy, there was only one game ball to be awarded after his first victory -- one important to so many in the locker room. He took the hand-off from Amukamara.

"I wanted to give it back to him," Nagy said with that grin still ever present.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​