Matt Nagy encouraged by Bears’ response to playoff loss

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All the good work the Bears did last year might have been undone, simply because of the dramatic and traumatic way in which they lost their playoff game.

But Bears coach Matt Nagy was actually encouraged by the way his team has responded to losing on the double-doink field goal miss against the Eagles, which was the anticlimactic end of an otherwise brilliant season.

“[It was] their response to me of saying, ‘We were going to win the Super Bowl,’ ” Nagy said, via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune. “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.

“In that game, with the way we lost, there’s a natural reaction to almost feel sorry for yourselves as players and coaches that, ‘Man, we were so close.’ But, no, [it was], ‘We’re going to use this now as a motivation.’ That’s what’s fun to me, knowing we have guys on this team who truly care.”

Nagy said his next challenge is to make sure his team did not take last year’s success for granted.

“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.”

That’s a much better concern than worrying about how to rebuild, because after going 12-4 last year, the Bears have had a taste of the success Nagy hopes becomes traditional.

32 responses to “Matt Nagy encouraged by Bears’ response to playoff loss

  1. Kickers miss kicks. That happens. The right answer isn’t overpaying for someone like Stephen Gostkowski, who’s missed more that a few big kicks in his day.

  2. “But, no, [it was], ‘We’re going to use this now as a motivation.’ That’s what’s fun to me, knowing we have guys on this team who truly care.””
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    Yet the first thing the Bears did was scapegoat the kicker and dump him. What happened to the blocker that missed his assignment and allowed Hester to tip the ball? Silence from the Bears.

  3. Of course they handled it well – they got some easy person/thing to blame. The difficult loss is when you get there and get spanked, or give your all and still be found easily not good enough.

  4. The trajectory of the ball was altered when a defender got his finger on it. Tough break. I was pulling for the Bears. They are the team to beat in the NFCN.

  5. akira1971 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Yet the first thing the Bears did was scapegoat the kicker and dump him. What happened to the blocker that missed his assignment and allowed Hester to tip the ball? Silence from the Bears.

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    Are you serious? Did you watch any other games that Parkey tanked for the Bears? What about blowing the Miami game forcing it to OT and also losing in OT? What about the four times he hit the goal posts in Soldier Field when the Lions were in town? There were numerous other misses throughout the season. The kid sucks!!!

    So sick of these ignorant people that are stupid enough to believe that he was cut over the playoff game.

  6. Somewhere Ryan Pace is screaming at himself in the mirror for cutting Robbie Gould to save a few pennies.

    Smart teams NEVER let a good kicker go once they’ve found one. Especially one who might be Canton bound.

  7. akira1971 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    “But, no, [it was], ‘We’re going to use this now as a motivation.’ That’s what’s fun to me, knowing we have guys on this team who truly care.””
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    Yet the first thing the Bears did was scapegoat the kicker and dump him. What happened to the blocker that missed his assignment and allowed Hester to tip the ball? Silence from the Bears.

    They never scapegoated anyone. He missed 1/3rd of his kicks on the season. He was directly responsible for them losing multiple games. Thats not scapegoating. That is just getting rid of someone who can’t perform in big moments. Its not personal, its business.

  8. There is no way Nagy could let Parkey come back. Just think of the rest of the team. It’s all about accountability, and Parkey just could not deliver. You have to be able count on a guy.

  9. This is more a reflection on Ryan Pace and the type of players he has structured his team around. This is why they will not be in the market for “me” guys. Pace definitely took some lumps in his early years, but given time to actually implement his plan, has shown massive dividends. The future is bright in Chicago, keep grinding! And Pace will also be vindicated on the Trubisky pick. That kid is a baller. He was so green coming out of college, but given the proper time to develop will be a top 5 QB in the league.

  10. Firing Parkey was a great decision, clearly the weakest link on the team. The Bears over-achieved and competed with any team in the league. It’s a shame that it had to come down to a FG to determine the outcome of a very well fought out game by both teams in that playoff game, two very similar teams. The Bears are going to be a great team for many years now and getting a new kicker is something I believe they shouldn’t waste any time on.

  11. akira1971 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 8:38 am
    “But, no, [it was], ‘We’re going to use this now as a motivation.’ That’s what’s fun to me, knowing we have guys on this team who truly care.””
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    Yet the first thing the Bears did was scapegoat the kicker and dump him. What happened to the blocker that missed his assignment and allowed Hester to tip the ball? Silence from the Bears.
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    If this was an isolated incident, that would be one thing. If this was the first game-winner that he missed, that would be another thing. If he had been a consistent kicker throughout the season, that would be something as well.

    Parkey was garbage throughout the season. 23/30 on Field Goals. 42 of 45 on Extra Points.

    23 of 30!? 7 of 10 from 30-39 yards?

    Get outta here. He was justifiably the scapegoat. Good luck to him.

  12. superfanentertainment says:
    March 6, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Somewhere Ryan Pace is screaming at himself in the mirror for cutting Robbie Gould to save a few pennies.
    Smart teams NEVER let a good kicker go once they’ve found one. Especially one who might be Canton bound.
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    Another brain surgeon who doesn’t know the facts … it wasn’t about pennies, it was about a terrible Season Robbie had and Pace did just what you’d expect a recently hired GM would do, cut bait.

    Good for Robbie that he was able to ‘right his Ship’ and get back to kicking like he did with the Bears, but you can’t look back on a ‘cut’ like that.

  13. novusordoseclorum1776 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Bears missed the chance to hit it big this year. Vikings will once again reclaim the north crown next year and win it all.

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    I like my fellow fan’s optimism however, the Bears are clearly the team to beat in the NFCN. Also how many times have you said this since being a Viking fan and ended up putting your foot in your mouth when we lose in the playoffs? Best to stay silent about predictions, haven’t you learned that yet?

  14. @LVMF says:
    March 6, 2019 at 10:17 am
    superfanentertainment says:
    March 6, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Somewhere Ryan Pace is screaming at himself in the mirror for cutting Robbie Gould to save a few pennies.
    Smart teams NEVER let a good kicker go once they’ve found one. Especially one who might be Canton bound.
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    Another brain surgeon who doesn’t know the facts … it wasn’t about pennies, it was about a terrible Season Robbie had and Pace did just what you’d expect a recently hired GM would do, cut bait.
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    Superfan is correct. Pace justified the release in 2016 by saying he was “upgrading the position” with Connor Barth. Gould signed with NYG and only went 10/10! Meanwhile in 2016/17 Bears had Barth, Arguyo (1 attempt that he missed), Santo, Nugent and then Parkey in 2018 but during the season bought in kickers to compete with Parkey. So now 4 years and 5 kickers later, they’re encourage includes finding another kicker.

  15. akira1971 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Yet the first thing the Bears did was scapegoat the kicker and dump him. What happened to the blocker that missed his assignment and allowed Hester to tip the ball? Silence from the Bears.

    Are you serious? Did you watch any other games that Parkey tanked for the Bears? What about blowing the Miami game forcing it to OT and also losing in OT? What about the four times he hit the goal posts in Soldier Field when the Lions were in town? There were numerous other misses throughout the season. The kid sucks!!!

    So sick of these ignorant people that are stupid enough to believe that he was cut over the playoff game.

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    AMEN brother…thanks for revisiting some appropriate history. Kickers are paid to put ’em through the uprights! If they’re not doing that, can ’em. Pro football is a performance based business and Parkey didn’t cut it…good riddance.

  16. LVMF says:
    March 6, 2019 at 10:17 am

    superfanentertainment says:
    March 6, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Somewhere Ryan Pace is screaming at himself in the mirror for cutting Robbie Gould to save a few pennies.
    Smart teams NEVER let a good kicker go once they’ve found one. Especially one who might be Canton bound.
    ____________________________________________

    Another brain surgeon who doesn’t know the facts … it wasn’t about pennies, it was about a terrible Season Robbie had and Pace did just what you’d expect a recently hired GM would do, cut bait.

    Good for Robbie that he was able to ‘right his Ship’ and get back to kicking like he did with the Bears, but you can’t look back on a ‘cut’ like that.
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    I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. Check his career stats with the Bears and get back to me.

  17. As a fan of a team that has lost more than one playoff game on a missed field goal, I can tell you that this is the same thing that every team says. “We’re going to use this as motivation and come back better than ever!” Blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t usually happen that way, but best of luck.

  18. The Bears had an incredible (especially for them) run of good health last year. A lot of their success in ’19 is going to be tied to that, as well as if the defense can maintain its high level with the new DC and positional staff.

  19. They’ll miss the playoffs next year, regardless of who their kicker is.

  20. The Bears aren’t that good, and they squandered all their draft capital and will not be able to add much this year.
    Trubisky isn’t very good, certainly not good enough to take the team on his shoulders.
    The bears will soon fade.

  21. Parkey missed 11 kicks this past year lost more than 1 game he was way under average

  22. They fact that they let Cody back on the Field after the 4, count ’em 4, Doinks against Detroit shows that they were willing to give him a chance to redeem himself.

    He did not.

    So bye bye Cody!

  23. IT WAS TIPPED!

    Detroit was a fluke. Miami was a 53 yard kick, no easy task.

    I question why we’re relying on a kicker to win a game? Where was the explosive offense against the Eagles depleted secondary? Why did the Evil Genius have 10 players on the field?

    Bears played sloppy and conservative against the Eagles. A very young team and plenty to look forward to!

    Bears are Super Bowl Bound, BOOK IT!

  24. Matt Nagy is encouraged by their response? LOL. The real response comes in the 2019 season, not moments after the game is lost by the useless kicker.

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