Bears coach Matt Nagy says his players have ‘fired me up’ with their eagerness to get back to work
The Chicago Bears were one of the biggest surprises of the NFL last year, as the team went from a middling NFC North team to winning the division and boasting one of the best defenses in football. Now, head coach Matt Nagy is ready get back and continue that level of excellence.
Despite the heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in last years Divisional Round of the playoffs, which saw the Bears suffer an infamous missed field goal to lose the game, Nagy said he was encouraged by how the team responded.
“[It was] their response to me of saying, ‘We were going to win the Super Bowl,’” Nagy told media earlier this week (via Pro Football Talk). “They believed that. But now they also realize it’s not easy.”
“I wasn’t sure, after a loss like that, how they were going to handle it,” Nagy said. “Because they are young. So are they upset and deflated and disappointed? Yeah, they are. But they were actually more positive and more [eager] to get back [to Halas Hall], which fired me up.
According to Nagy, instead of feeling sorry for themselves after the loss, the Bears instead took the playoff loss as a moment to reflect on just how close they got towards advancing in the playoffs, and his mission for next year is to make sure the team doesn’t get complacent and settle for that.
“That’s going to be my biggest challenge as the head coach — to make sure there’s no complacency,” he said. “One of the fun parts in my position is being able to be creative and find ways of how do you do that. You’ve got to be motivational, but you can’t be monotonous with it.”