Tarik Cohen: Matt Nagy shows us end of playoff loss often

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There are different ways of dealing with a painful loss that ends a season.

Some teams try to move on without dwelling on what happened in the past. Other teams choose to use the memory of the loss as a driver for the future.

The Bears have opted for door No. 2. They lost to the Eagles 16-15 in the playoffs in a game that will always be remembered for Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s double doink missed field goal on the final play.

Running back Tarik Cohen said on Mad Dog Sports Radio that head coach Matt Nagy showed the team the end of that loss “often” in team meetings this offseason.

“He just shows us the last seconds of the game,” Cohen said. “He shows us the crowd reaction, our reaction from the sideline, and he just tells us to never forget that hurt. We want to get back to that place, but have a different outcome. That drives us and motivates us to get through the practice every day.”

Parkey’s miss has gotten the most attention and driven a somewhat quixotic search for a new kicker this offseason, but there were also offensive shortcomings throughout the game and a late touchdown drive by the Eagles that helped seal Chicago’s fate. Being better in all phases will be necessary for the Bears to take the next step this season and we’ll see if reliving a bad day helps bring that to life.

78 responses to “Tarik Cohen: Matt Nagy shows us end of playoff loss often

  1. It was blocked. It’s on film. Scapegoating the kicker is a loser’s game. Your last sentence sums it up. The Bears need to be better in all phases of the game. Unfortunately for them, I don’t think they’ve improved their roster this offseason so they better hope their guys improve their play.

  2. I would have taken the opposite approach, my team would never see that tape again. Losing begets losing !

  3. This is very common, Patricia repeatedly shows the Lions his former Pats defense getting torched by a 2nd string QB in the Superbowl two years ago.

  4. TheDPR says:
    June 20, 2019 at 8:23 am

    It was blocked. It’s on film. Scapegoating the kicker is a loser’s game. Your last sentence sums it up. The Bears need to be better in all phases of the game. Unfortunately for them, I don’t think they’ve improved their roster this offseason so they better hope their guys improve their play.

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    It was barely even tipped guy! Plus Parkey was a complete failure the entire season, he hit the goal posts four times in one game against my Lions. It’s not about scapegoating the kicker, he’s trying to reinforce that feeling of how easy it is to blow a game you goof! Also see below for the factual reality of the current Bears team not some negative false accusation from some goof like you!

    Key 2019 off season pick ups for the best team in the NFCN: Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis, David Montgomery, Riley Ridley all will drastically improve Nagy’s scheme ability along with the above average QB rushing ability of Trubisky. The defense will still be a top 5 defense, health will determine this team’s success.

  5. When I read the headline, I thought this would be that Nagy showed the team missed opportunities on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball that allowed the Eagles to score late and prevented the Bears from scoring a touchdown. In my opinion, that would have been more productive than showing the final seconds with the crowd and team reactions. Showing only the missed kick puts it all on one player rather than the team.

  6. TheDPR says, 6-20-2019 8:23am:
    “It was blocked. It’s on film. Scapegoating the kicker is a loser’s game.”

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    It’s still on him. Terrible kicker all season long.

  7. I talk to some Bears fans and they truly believe that they should have been undefeated last year.
    They’re probably watching all the games they lost last year then?

  8. After Nagy shows the team the fg miss, the team should show Nagy his play sheet from that game.

  9. Eagles had people off of the street playing playoff football on defense, and nagy managed to playcall his team to 15 points at home and I think he got cohen the ball something ridiculous like 2 times. Best playmaker on the team, biggest game of the season.

    Coaches out-thinking themselves is the biggest catalyst to failure in that job. Nagy is proving to be one that does it, and is doing it again showing this stupid missed kick. the guy isn’t even on the team anymore— not that personally berating him would be a good idea either…just that it wouldn’t be totally and completely irrelevant if Parkey was at least watching.

  10. They better hope that their kicker this season is not on the current roster because the whole offseason the camps have been about putting even more pressure on the kicker. If some guy comes in right before the season, he wouldn’t have had to endure all the weird reliving of one play from a player not even on your team anymore.

  11. It’s easy to blame Parkey, but there was plenty of blame to go around. Specifically the Amos personal foul on 3rd down that let the Eagles keep the ball and score their first TD, plus Trubisky was pretty wretched before the last drive

  12. Beside the fact that the kick WAS blocked and as mentioned above “barely touched”. Parkey was awful all year. All facts but, kickers do NOT lose games. It’s a team game so putting it on a K not the offense, defense and coach is ignoring the real reason.

  13. You should enjoy it. It’s the last time the bears will sniff the playoffs for another decade

  14. Nagy is going far out of his way to convince us (and maybe himself) that it was all the kicker’s fault. Seems he might have a fragile ego if he can’t see that there were more issues than just the kicker.

  15. The Bears are going 6-10 this season. This kind of nonsense convinces me that he just can’t get over it, and that will bleed over into his team.

  16. When I think of FG and choke-jobs, Blair Walsh and the Vikes no longer come to mind. I only think of the Bears now.

    Thanks Nagy; keep on naggin’.

  17. Not a Bears fan or a Bears hater – but I like the approach. If the team is comprised of guys who really have fire in their belly, then this is a great motivator. Feel the pain and resolve to get back there and overcome.

  18. parkey sure can shoulder some blame. no doubt. but you have to place a lot of blame on the bears d. they play stellar d all year, shut down the eagles for the entire game, and when they need to make just one stop to advance, late in a postseason game, they give it up and allow the eagles to march right down the field. thats on them. parkey shouldnt have been in the spot he was. but he needs to make that kick. it was a total letdown by the bears all the way.

  19. It wasn’t either Parkey’s or Nagy’s fault that that goal post happened to run out right in front of the football.

  20. Most of our experience with coaching or being coached ended at college or earlier. You could argue most people’s experience was more youth based. But these are grown man. I don’t think I can say with confidence the best way to coach these guys. I would have thought that if you wanted to motivate the team by showing them the loss, you would show them some key breakdowns in every aspect of the game, offense,Defense, and special teams. Then talk about how they could overcome these lapses and what they need to do to get better. But honestly, he turned this team around so he must know what he is doing, or at least knows a lot more than I ever will about coaching.

  21. That’s right, Coach Nagy. Just throw someone under the bus despite your play-calling that led to 15 points. Good coaches do this all the time. Deflection.

  22. This may work as long as most of the players then are on the team now.
    So, 3-4 years tops.

    After that, you may have a majority of players who weren’t there and don’t even know the guys who were there. They’ll just say “Don’t blame me.” and ignore it.

    After a couple of years even if you have a bunch who were there, they’ll just think “Not again!!! Let it go.”

    Better to show a bunch of positions who did this or that at a time in the game where it didn’t seem like a big deal, but resulted in a loss.

    Every play counts. Every play matters.

  23. Like I’ve always said…another front office blunder by the Bears and they just keep coming. They had a pretty decent kicker in RG but, in his infinite wisdom, Pace chose to let him go and the football gods made the Bears pay for that move. It just never ends with this franchise!

  24. It is hubris to think everyone on that D is going to be as good as last year. That isn’t how football goes. The Bears didn’t improve this off season while the Packers did greatly. Back to being just another team. Mack will start to miss more time with injury as he gets older and that contract will seem like a very bad idea. The rest of the D will age as well and they don’t have a 1st rounder next year and didn’t have one this year either.

  25. Nagy and the Bears would be better served by getting a competent NFL kicker then reliving the loss .

  26. mypostsalwaysseemtogetdeleted says:
    June 20, 2019 at 8:49 am
    When I read the headline, I thought this would be that Nagy showed the team missed opportunities on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball that allowed the Eagles to score late and prevented the Bears from scoring a touchdown. In my opinion, that would have been more productive than showing the final seconds with the crowd and team reactions. Showing only the missed kick puts it all on one player rather than the team.
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    I dunno. The way he’s going about it seems invoke a message of “Never leave it in the hands of the judges (or in this case, the kicker).”

  27. He should show the bears mascot falling over to one side. That alone was the best play of the entire playoffs. LMAO all day

  28. Blaming the kicker is exactly like the Saints blaming the NFC championship game on the blown PI call. Never mind that the Rams D was pretty dominant, the missed facemask call on Goff which would have put the Rams on the 1 instead of a field goal, AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL play calling by Payton, Brees’ interception, inability to stop the Rams, etc. Nah, it’s easier to blame the refs or the kicker.

  29. Is it me or are the Bears making it harder to sign a competent kicker? Just keep opening your flapper, Nagy. It will take a Kings ransom (which you don’t have) to get a good kicker in with how easy you made the kicker the scapegoat. Any new kicker will be under a microscope and will be first to be thrown under bus.

  30. directdriver says:
    June 20, 2019 at 8:55 am
    TheDPR says, 6-20-2019 8:23am:
    “It was blocked. It’s on film. Scapegoating the kicker is a loser’s game.”

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    It’s still on him. Terrible kicker all season long.
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    Yea I’m sure it had nothing to do with the eagles game winning TD drive to take the lead vs arguably the best defense in the league. Seems like their kicker gets most of the blame(even though the kick was blocked) instead of their defense.

  31. Good thing that they mercifully released Parkey before he had to sit through countless reruns of his last-second miss that eliminated the Bears from the playoffs. As it is, his NFL career is ruined and probably over because of it. Nagy should move on already!

  32. Bears going from first to worst in the division this year. Book it. I know they’re riding high after their fifth-straight year of playing a basement schedule but reality is about to set in

  33. Listen Bear fans the Eagles had been decimated by injury’s at that point and you should have won. To watch that over and over again is downright foolish. What would help would be to sign an reliable kicker whose last name isn’t BLEWITT!!

  34. Everyone of you has missed the point…..”he just tells us to never forget that hurt.” It’s not about BLAME. It’s about the HURT of losing. Playing the video shows the hurt and disappointment. Nagy wants his players to excel in every phase so that hurt NEVER returns.

  35. I am a Packers fan but the over the top scapegoating of the kicker is nuts. Chicago had a really good kicker in Robbie Gould. While, as a Packers fan, I was glad to see him leave, once you find a good, cold weather kicker in Chicago you keep him. They continue to pay the price for that. Also, why just show the final seconds? Why don’t you show Philly’s last drive where your defense failed to get a stop and Mack (the guy you gave up a lot to make plays in that situation) was invisible?

  36. This is very common, Patricia repeatedly shows the Lions his former Pats defense getting torched by a 2nd string QB in the Superbowl two years ago.
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    If he was going to show anything, it would be the free TD’s the Eagles were handed by the NFL. There by winning their one and only Super Bowl!

  37. Their kicker situation is ridiculous. They tried out like 8 dudes at one time.

    And did someone acknowledge Corderelle Paterson as a good off season move? Good grief

  38. Focusing on the past is a good way to screw up the present, and leave the coach with no future (at least not with the Bears).

    As a Lions fan, I support Nagy’s bizarre obsession with what went wrong last year. The longer he lives in that headspace, the better it is for my team (and the Vikings/Packers, for what it’s worth.)

  39. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    June 20, 2019 at 8:38 am

    This is very common, Patricia repeatedly shows the Lions his former Pats defense getting torched by a 2nd string QB in the Superbowl two years ago.

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    What do the two games have in common?

  40. I’m an Eagles fan but that was an embarrassing loss all around for the Bears, they were heavily favored at home against a banged up defense starting street free agents in the secondary and all they could manage was 15 points. And losing their D coordinator isn’t going to help them going forward.

  41. Win or Lose (in playoffs or Superbowl, Belichick always stresses that this year’s team is a new team and unrelated to last year’s team.

  42. The amount of tr0lling and stupid comments on here is hysterical, yet sad that people have this much time to waste to blatantly lie and type non-sense. When the Bears win the division again this season remember to come back and read this article for a good laugh.

  43. Isn’t this the game that the coach totally messed up on the last eagle drive b not using all his time outs on the last eagle drive (or let them score) to save time. All he had to do was use his last time out and he has plenty of time left and might not even need a kick to win…and surely would have been a lot loser shot??

  44. Nagy is a good coach. but i think he’s managing this situation pretty poorly. and on top of that, finding a new kicker has been a circus

  45. “It’s not about scapegoating the kicker, he’s trying to reinforce that feeling of how easy it is to blow a game”
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    If he’s calling the lineman out for letting his guy get a hand on the kick and calling out the coordinators, QB, etc for not getting them a little closer for the FG then that’s what he’s doing. Problem is that doesn’t sound like what is happening. He’s showing them a bad outcome and basically blaming it totally on the kicker. He did that right after the game and everything since has been the same. He brought in SIX kickers to tryout–not six offensive lineman. Pity whoever the new kicker turns out to be because his very first miss Nagy will call him out and probably fire him.

  46. See folks, this is how a debacle starts. No accountability from Nagy. He blamed Parkey immediately and nobody else. Not himself, not his DC or defense, or the lineman that let the defender get a hand on the kick. He took the easiest, least accountable way to do….by blaming the kicker. I am actually surprised he isn’t saying, ” I need to do better at preparing my team…”. This is why this will spiral out of control. Nagy won’t take the heat, as a good coach would.

  47. ….And of course the six decade debacle of failing to win anything except one playoff win that my Lions have mastered. I love to talk about the Bears because it makes me feel more like a man. Being a Lions fan is really difficult and causes mental problems as you can imagine.

  48. We all know that Nagy is a great coach, his tactics and methods are out in the open because Tarik opened his mouth. The Bears are going to be really good for a long time.

  49. Nagy is an absolute excellent coach, period. We have this bearded criminal from the Patriots continuing our failed legacy in Detroit. Why do you think my handle is what it is? Because, Wayne is the only the coach that has won a playoff game for the Lions in two lifetimes.

    The Bears went from worst to first at the right time. The Packers are in a downward spiral and the Vikings signed an old 2nd string QB that is keeping them down. The Lions, well we all know how absolutely terrible my Lions have been for many, many years. At least it’s the Bears and not the Packers.

  50. “Nagy wants his players to excel in every phase so that hurt NEVER returns.”

    NEVER returns? That’s pretty ambitious. Every team loses games, everyone has to deal with adversity.

    I agree with others. Training camp is around the corner. Time to put that loss in the rearview mirror and look to the season ahead.

  51. The Bears are setting up nicely for a set back this year, .500 at best. It took a little for teams to figure them out last year, but once they did, they weren’t so good. Also, obsessing over a missed FG when you played poorly, isnt going to do anything.

  52. mkreef says:
    June 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    Win or Lose (in playoffs or Superbowl, Belichick always stresses that this year’s team is a new team and unrelated to last year’s team.
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    That’s why the Patriots are the Patriots, and the Bears are usually in the bottom of the NFCN.

  53. mkreef says:
    June 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Win or Lose (in playoffs or Superbowl, Belichick always stresses that this year’s team is a new team and unrelated to last year’s team.
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    That’s why the Patriots are the Patriots, and the Lions* are usually in the bottom of the NFCN.

    The Bears have a recent Superbowl appearance and a playoff win with Jay Cutler in 2010. What do the Lions have? Oh yeah nothing in six decades (except one playoff with B Sanders) and a so called “tough” QB, LMAO!!

  54. Most of you folks are missing the point. The point is the bad feeling at the end, and all of us need to do better to avoid that feeling this time around.

  55. Vikings4Life says:
    June 21, 2019 at 8:19 am

    mkreef says:
    June 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    Win or Lose (in playoffs or Superbowl, Belichick always stresses that this year’s team is a new team and unrelated to last year’s team.
    ——

    That’s why the Patriots are the Patriots, and the Lions* are usually in the bottom of the NFCN.

    It doesn’t take a knowledgeable NFL person to know that the Bears are not the bottom dweller in the division and that it has clearly been the Lions for 62 years.

  56. Check the stats, Bears fans. I’m not talking about the last sixty years…I’m talking about the last six. Last year was the first time in a loooong time the Bears were not in the basement of the division. Now that they will actually play other division winners, back to the basement they will go!

  57. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    June 20, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    ….And of course the six decade debacle of failing to win anything except one playoff win that my Lions have mastered. I love to talk about the Bears because it makes me feel more like a man. Being a Lions fan is really difficult and causes mental problems as you can imagine.

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    Way to deflect! Let’s make it about the Lions, and not about a head coach that can’t admit that not only his kicker failed, his whole team did. Scapegoat the kicker and move on. It’s not like McVay didn’t admit, he has to coach better. Nagy is arrogant and took the easy way out. This is going to play out well.

  58. That’s why the Patriots are the Patriots, and the Lions* are usually in the bottom of the NFCN.

    It doesn’t take a knowledgeable NFL person to know that the Bears are not the bottom dweller in the division and that it has clearly been the Lions for 62 years.

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    When was the last time the Bears or Vikings won a Superbowl? Yes, Bears may have played in the 2007 Super Bowl but promptly got blown out by Peyton and the Colts. Before that, 85 so let’s not pretend the past 34 years has been full of success. Crickets for the Vikings. One year does not make the Bears great…its more of an aberration more than anything else. Welcome back to last place in NFCN.

  59. “I am actually surprised he isn’t saying, ” I need to do better at preparing my team…”.”

    Andy Reid has been using that line (or a variation of it) since he’s been a coach in the NFL. A lot of good it has done him to always take the blame. After all these years he still doesn’t have a ring.

  60. You have an uncanny and incredible amount of nerve. The Lions did NOTHING (typical) in those short six years the Bears had the Trestman and Fox ships come and now are sailed long gone.

    Oh and now the Bears hold the division champ title and you’re super tr!ggered so you continue to run your mouth. I find joy in the fact of how desperate you are on here and try to justify your team’s terrible decisions. You’re wrong with your predictions and accusations 95% of the time on here and The LOLions are the biggest joke squad in the NFL for decades and you know it!!!!

  61. Stating the Bears are going to finish in last place in the division this season isn’t even funny, it’s absurd. Judging from the creepy obsessive names used on here it makes sense that you are sad human being.

    The Bears are the team to beat this year, the Lions are definitely not and never have been. It couldn’t be more clear.

  62. “One year does not make the Bears great…its more of an aberration more than anything else.”

    No one but you said the Bears are “great” they are in fact better than the Lions, so deal with it and stop acting like a child.

    -Lions fan

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