The Bears picked up 415 yards of offense against the Packers on Sunday, but they only turned those yards into 13 points and that wasn’t enough to avoid a loss that snuffed their remaining playoff hopes.
Most of those points came after the Packers were already up 21-3 and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was asked after the game what the Bears could have done differently. Trubisky said he thought they could have tried “moving the pocket a little more and me getting out” of the pocket in order to help out the offensive line.
Trubisky added that the Bears “could’ve done a lot of stuff” that they didn’t do and head coach Matt Nagy was asked about those comments on Monday. Nagy said that he doesn’t think they were a sign of anything other than a player venting after a tough loss.
“You guys are always catching us right after the game,” Nagy said, via ESPN.com. “And so there’s a lot of emotions that go through. Here we are losing a game like that and knowing we could’ve played better. So I don’t know exactly what the question was that was asked, but I’m saying if you sensed a frustration, I think I know Mitch better than anybody in this building except maybe [quarterbacks coach] Dave Ragone. So I know the effect or what he means by any of that. I think probably, if I’m going back and watching that, it’s probably very general and big picture, but it’s also right after the game so I take nothing by that and we have a great relationship.”
The relationship between Nagy and Trubisky didn’t pay off in the kind of improvement that the Bears hoped to see in 2019. As a result, finding a way to push the quarterback to play at a high level consistently will remain a problem in need of solving in Chicago this offseason.