For a moment, it appears as though Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy was going to kick things off with a bang by beating the Green Bay Packers on the road. However, quarterback Aaron Rodgers quickly put an end to that notion after leading the Packers to a 24-23 nailbiter.
Regardless, Nagy is proud of how the Bears played on Sunday night. He feels there is a lot to learn from playing a game like that, via the team's official website.
“That’s a tough one for us,” Nagy said. “It stings. I want our guys to feel that. I want our coaches to feel it. We talked about finishing and we didn’t do that. But I’ll say this: I’m really proud of our team, I’m proud of our guys. They did a lot of good things tonight. We’re going to learn from it. It’s a long season.”
It is hard to fathom any coach being proud of a loss. However, it certainly makes sense for a team like the Bears given their current rebuild.
Chicago was extremely active in building their roster this offseason and managed to make some star-studded addition on both sides of the ball. They got plenty of bang for their buck in Week 1.
Their most significant acquisition in defensive end Khalil Mack made the biggest contribution. The Bears had the Packers on the ropes thanks to Mack's stellar play. Unfortunately, the offense was not able to make enough plays to seal the win in the end after Rodgers made his comeback. That said, Chicago still has plenty of work to do if they hope to compete this season.