It was a week of turmoil for the Chicago Bears prior to their Thanksgiving matchup with the Detroit Lions. Rumors were flying regarding head coach Matt Nagy’s job security and the distraction got so out of hand, George McCaskey even had to step in to address the team. Not an ideal lead-up to their divisional game.
But through it all, the Bears were able to outlast the Lions and win 16-14 on a last-second field goal from Cairo Santos. The offense got just enough from Andy Dalton, filling in for an injured Justin Fields, and the defense managed to limit the Lions after allowing a touchdown on their opening posession.
It’s hard to look at this game in a vacuum, given the issues surrounding the team earlier this week, but here are my takeaways from what we witnessed to start the Thanksgiving day.
I’m happy for the Bears players and coaches for this win
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It’s easy to forget the human side of sports when you’re focused on your own fandom. But take a step back and realize that Nagy and the Bears as a whole have been dragged through the mud with rumors, inaccurate reports, and many different distractions over the course of just 72 hours. It had to have been an exhausting ordeal and they were able to come through with a win.
Bears fans seems indifferent about the result, and I completely understand that. It’s likely a lost season at this point, sitting at 4-7. But for Nagy, the coaches, and the players, I feel happy for them that they were able to end this week on a high note. It’s hard to win in professional sports and every single person in that locker room is competitive as all hell. They don’t always go at it the right way, but it’s nice to a bad week have a nice ending.
It still seems clear that Nagy getting fired is a when, not if, scenario. I don’t believe these next six weeks are going to change that, but hopefully this team can move forward for now after the media firestorm that took place.
The Bears can…