Matt Nagy says Bears ‘not in that position’ to rest starters in Week 17
The Chicago Bears have been a very surprising story this season in the NFL. Nearly nobody outside of the Windy City saw the Bears having a snowball’s chance in Miami of making the playoffs.
The Bears are now in a position where they’ve won the NFC North Division and don’t need to play their starters necessarily in their Week 17 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
However, Bears coach Matt Nagy still says the Bears are “not in that position” to rest their players in this contest. They’ll have to see how other teams play in order to see how their playoff home field advantage plays out.
Nagy told reporters, per Jeff Dickerson of ESPN:
“If we were in a position where you can’t move at all seed-wise and you were just locked in, then I think that’s something [resting starters] that you have to discuss. But we’re not in that position. So we have to play to win, and I kind of like that. I don’t mind that at all, and I think that our guys kind of like it. It just kind of keeps you going if you were fortunate enough to make it to the playoffs. It keeps you going in that rhythm.”
The Bears are now 11-4 and are keeping their hopes alive for a first-round bye. In order for the Bears to earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC, they need to beat the Minnesota Vikings next weekend while the Los Angeles Rams will have to lose to the San Francisco 49ers.