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Bears coach Nagy relieved after snapping streak against Lions
Matt Nagy savoured Thursday's win over the Detroit Lions following a week of distractions: "When you lose five games in a row, you understand."
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy expressed his gratitude for how his team handled "distractions" after their Thanksgiving triumph over the Detroit Lions.
The Bears scrapped to a 16-14 victory against the winless Lions on Thursday amid uncertainty over Nagy's future in Chicago.
Nagy had to answer questions about his future this week, following reports he had been told his final game would be against the Lions (0-10).
But after snapping a five-game skid, Nagy savoured Chicago's result as the Bears improved to 4-7.
Nagy: "When you lose five games in a row, you understand"
"When there's distractions, which is in every sport, in all facets of life, there's always going to be distractions," Nagy told reporters.
"It's how you handle them. And again, we got the win today, and it could've went a lot of different ways. But the reason why we got the win is because of how they handled the distractions, you know? That's where to me, when you're in this business and you lead people, it's my job to make sure of honest and open communication.
"That's where, for me, I just can't tell you how much this win means today to me because of what they did."
Chicago's defence allowed a season-low 239 total yards and just 14 first downs against Detroit.
Andy Dalton fuelled the Bears with a touchdown on 24-of-39 passing for 317 yards – his 30th 300-yard career passing game and the most yards by a Chicago quarterback since November 2020.
"Again, for me, there is only my understanding, which is what it's been since the day I signed up to be this coach, is to win as many games as I can possibly win, and do it the right way," Nagy added.
"When you lose five games in a row, you understand. When you're 3-7, you know what territory it can get to. You know what I mean? That comes with the job. I knew that four years ago when I took this, and so here we are. Every week is a little bit different.
"This one was definitely different. This is one of those weeks where you use it moving forward. You don't make any predictions, but what you do is when you go home on that plane tonight and everyone's having a good time because they're able to celebrate and have fun watching the tape and enjoy their Thanksgiving and get back to being healthy and understand what games are next, but the only game that matters is Arizona coming up.
"That's it. So again, for me, the only thing I can say to those players is that I appreciate them and we have a hell of a group of guys, players and coaches, and they showed it today by getting a win."