After their offense managed just three points on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy called the team’s effort “obviously unacceptable” and vowed to make improvements before the team’s next game.
“It starts with me,” Nagy said in a press conference after the 10-3 loss to the Packers. “Every fan that showed up today should be upset. That’s not who we are.”
Despite limiting the Packers’ offense to just 213 total yards and 10 points, the Bears couldn’t generate enough offense to secure a season-opening win at home. Mitchell Trubisky threw for 228 yards on 45 passing attempts, and the team rushed the ball 15 times for just 46 yards in the loss.
“I definitely let a lot of my teammates down and the fans down with the way I played,” Trubisky said. “I could have done better.”
The Bears had several chances to either take the lead or tie the game, but their offense was shut down by a combination of poor field position and costly penalties, including a series of three in a row that led to a 1st-and-40 situation during the fourth quarter of the game.
“I just told the guys in there that this is not who we are,” Nagy said. “Offensively it was not good enough. We’re going to fix it. Our guys know that.”
Add to the mix poor offensive line play and a few errant throws from Trubisky, and the Bears’ offense looked far from the well-oiled machine that was on display at times last season.
After the game, Nagy said that the team is going to treat the setback as a “test” and that he is confident that the players in the locker room will rise to the challenge.
“This is a test,” Nagy said. “It was a frustrating game, and we couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively. We have to be better. I have to be better.”