It's with that as context that Bears coach Matt Nagy downplayed the comments made by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Wednesday, when mentioned he wanted televisions around the team facilities turned off "because you've got too many people talking on TV about us and what they think about us, what we should do, what we are and what we're not."
Nagy felt the comments were taken out of context.
"Just me knowing him and knowing how he is, I'm assuming there was a little tongue in cheek there," Nagy said.
Predictably, Trubisky's quip created even more criticism for himself -- not just locally in Chicago but on national television airwaves as well.
Trubisky has been under the microscope as he continues to struggle in his third NFL season and the Bears have fallen to 3-5. The 25-year-old Trubisky has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,217 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.
"As you play more years in this league, it's a lot of ups and downs, especially early in his career," receiver Allen Robinson said. "For me, I'm in my sixth year. You see a lot of things from a year-to-year standpoint. I think he's staying positive, staying locked in."
The Bears maintain a belief that their offense is poised for a breakout. They will have the opportunity to score points Sunday hosting the Lions (3-4-1) at Soldier Field. Detroit's defense has allowed 27.1 points and 424.1 yards per game this season.