(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy let his frustration with his team be known Monday, calling out players and coaches for a lack of "personal pride."
The Bears have dropped five straight games after a 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday night, and now Nagy's job security has come into question. That was the context behind his harsh words after the ugly loss.
"For all of us, there comes a time where there's a little bit of personal pride," Nagy said Monday. "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."
So what explains the player-friendly Nagy's sudden change of tone? Was the loss just that infuriating or was there something more to it? Former Bears coach and current Fox analyst Dave Wannstedt believes Nagy's comments came after a meeting with ownership and/or management, he said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Tuesday morning.
"I believe Matt came out, was very assertive, he was very confident in what he said, I think he really had a conversation with somebody and he knows or he believes or it was insinuated that you're coming back," Wannstedt said. "'You're our coach and nothing is going to happen.' I think if he really thought the ship was sinking and he was done -- I don't know, because it's not his natural personality. We all know that.
"Did George McCaskey call him in or did Virginia? Virginia wouldn't do the talking, but she would sure as heck sit there. And George says, 'You know what, you better say something. We're losing our fan base. The defense for the first time didn't perform to the level they're capable of. You better say something publicly to let our fan base know that we're trying to right the ship.' It was either that or they said, 'You're going to be our coach for a while,' so he's confident. He's not worried about upsetting a few players or coaches or whatever because he knows he's going to be here.
"You don't just wake up and change your personality. That does not happen."
The Bears (5-6) host the Lions (4-7) on Sunday at Soldier Field as they look to snap their five-game losing streak.