After calling out Bears, Matt Nagy faces challenge of keeping his team together

Nagy sounded off on the Bears' lack of pride after their fifth straight loss.
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(670 The Score) The day after each game in this uneven season for the Bears, coach Matt Nagy has addressed his team.

Following the Bears' 3-0 start, Nagy spoke to his players and coaches about becoming a complete team. After they improved to 5-1 despite some uninspiring play, he reminded them of what they could be if the offense improved. Now, after five straight losses have dropped the Bears to 5-6, Nagy called out his team for what he feels is a lack of pride.

"For all of us, there comes a time where there's a little bit of personal pride," Nagy said Monday morning, a day after a 41-25 loss to the Packers. "I'm hoping that really none of us slept last night because of where we're at, what we did and what we didn't do.

"If you really care and you understand what we put out there last night, you'll fix it. That's going to be the challenge moving forward here. But there's some personal pride here involved in moving forward."

Are the Bears still listening to Nagy? The final five games will tell us. They'll reveal whether Nagy still has the attention of his team or if a coaching change is needed after the season.

This is the time of season in which coaches can lose their teams, and that's when it can get ugly. Losses stack into discouraging streaks, players start counting the days until they can clean out their lockers and assistant coaches begin looking for their next jobs.

Nagy has said plenty to the Bears during the course of this season, but calling out each man's pride is different.

"We're all frustrated," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "I mean, that's easy to say. It's never fun coming off a loss, especially when you're kinda in a drought going five straight. So that's not fun. But it doesn't help to continue to get more frustrated. That's not going to help your situation."

Bears chairman George McCaskey and the team's board of directors know well what it looks like when players tune out their coach. In 2014, the Bears lost eight of their last 10 games, including five in a row to end the season, as Marc Trestman lost command of the locker room.

For his part, Nagy has been here before. Last season, the Bears lost four straight games before going on a run with four victories in five games -- a spurt that began with a win against the Lions at Soldier Field. Come this Sunday, the Bears (5-6) will again host the Lions (4-7) at Soldier Field.

On Wednesday, Nagy reminded the Bears of the 2015 Chiefs, for whom he served as quarterbacks coach. That Kansas City team followed a five-game losing streak with a 10-game winning streak.

Nagy let the Bears know what one victory can do to get the feeling right again. He believes they will stay united, even after the harsh words he offered Monday.

"We're all in this thing together," Nagy said.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.