Quick hits from Bears coach Matt Nagy’s press conference a day after Week 1 loss to the Packers
Nagy gave a rundown of everything that went wrong for the Bears in their ugly season opener.
Bears coach Matt Nagy met with reporters Friday after absorbing the 10-3 loss to the Packers in the season opener. Here are some quick notes:
— Nagy defended Mitch Trubisky after he went 26 of 45 for 228 yards with an interception and no touchdowns for a 62.1 passer rating. “It’s 11-man football,” he said.
— He did not budge on his approach to holding starters out of the preseason. Nagy thought the poor play stood on its own, rather than players being rusty.
— He said his own play calling “wasn’t good enough.” Nagy vowed to be better.
— The Bears ran 15 times for 46 yards, and Nagy admitted that wasn’t enough commitment to the ground game. He said it was particularly problematic that Tarik Cohen didn’t get any carries.
— On Mitch Trubisky’s fourth-quarter interception in the end zone, Nagy said the quarterback didn’t see the nickel cornerback going to Allen Robinson for double coverage.
— Nagy said he bypassed the 51-yard field goal for Eddy Pineiro in the third quarter because he and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor held firm on their pre-game judgment of what a reasonable distance was going into that end zone. Instead, he went for it on fourth-and-10 and came up short. “I felt like the percentages were better for us to go for it and get it,” he said.
— The Bears did not sustain any injuries on top of the ones they already had to tight end Trey Burton and backup offensive tackle Rashaad Coward.