Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy entered the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions with uncertainty about his future with increasing organization.
Nagy was linked with reports earlier this week that he would be fired after the Lions match. ESPN shot down the report, saying Nagy was told the initial rumors were untrue. Either way, Nagy and the Bears needed a win Thursday against the undefeated Lions and did just that.
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Thanks to poor management at the end of the match, Andy Dalton led an 18-game drive that ended with a battle-winning field goal from Cairo Santos. Chicago won the match 16-14.
“As far as the game is concerned, the only thing I can do is give full appreciation and thanks to the players and coaches. I can not ask for anything more. I mean, it’s a special group across the board. You know, of course “Obviously we’ve been through some things. Distractions the last few days, but it just proves who they are, do you know what I mean? What type of fighters are they, what type of winners they are,” Nagy said after the match.
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“There’s just an appreciation that I and we as coaches have for them because they were the ones who had to go out and do it today. You know, when you look at the game, I want to compliment Detroit. I know that it’s not that easy.But at the same time and time I know they have good coaches and good players and it was a tough match.
He credited the team for fighting his way through “distractions.”
“I think everyone understands with the distractions we had that we struggled through it. So a report came out that was fake and that’s where it started. And then we had practice and we continued with our days.We had our practice as usual and I cleaned up with the team.As I think everyone is aware, the day after [Bears Chairman George McCaskey] came in and had a good chat with the team and confirmed that it was not true. And then we started our business. “
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The Bears moved to 4-7 with the win. Chicago suffered a losing streak in five games.