CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With six games to play, the Chicago Bears hope to snap out of their slump in Green Bay on Sunday night.
WBBM Newsradio's Josh Liss and Pat Cassidy spoke to Bears coach Matt Nagy ahead of Sunday night's game against the Packers.
Liss: I hope your bye week was nice, Matt. It's Thanksgiving week, also finally Packers week. How does it feel to finally be here, getting your shot at the division leaders?
"It was good. I think it was good, like we said last week, to get some physical rest and mental rest, and now here we are with six games left and you saw what happened yesterday, and for us to be able to focus on a big time division opponent is going to be a great challenge for us," Nagy said.
Cassidy: Watching that Packers-Colts game yesterday, I thought the Packers had that thing sewed up, and then bam, they lose it. Did you pick up anything there, chinks in the cheesy armor of the Packers there?
"Well, I just think you go to see that every one of these games in the NFL, the average comes down to right around a seven-point game, seven-point margin every single game. As you all could see last night, there the Packers are, minus five yard line, minus four yard line, and third down. They had a 50-yard play and before you know it they are tying the game up, with a chance to win," Nagy said. "Anything can happen. I think our guys have learned over the past couple years, especially two years ago in 2018, we had that nice lead and ended up losing that first game, and so our guys, like I said, are going to be hungry to get out there and play a really good football team with a powerful offense and a defense that is clicking right now."
Liss: You are welcome to share any and all good news on the injuries to your quarterbacks, Nick Foles or Mitch Trubisky, or Akiem Hicks, or David Montgomery. How is the shape of those key guys, Matt? What might you know at this point, is best case all those guys can go?
"Well we are not there yet. I think the biggest thing for me is just - we all were kind of away from each other for four days here and now the guys are getting back into the building this morning and Andre Tucker, our head athletic trainer, we will get together here the next couple days and really get a good evaluation of where every single one of these guys are. You are at that point of the season now where everything matters. We are going to have some decisions to make and what we will have to do is just day by day get an honest answer as to where these guys are at and then we have to put the best guy out there to get us a chance to win," Nagy said.
Liss: In your own mind, without sharing it, if both quarterbacks Nick and Mitch are ruled healthy enough to play; in your own mind, have you made the decision between both of them?
"Again, it is all down to the injuries," Nagy said. "I know you said which way is it if they are both healthy. We have to see exactly where we are at and that's not something right now that we are probably going to get into."
Liss: Okay, fair enough, you have to get a good look at your team. COVID protocols have helped you be able to play all 10 games so far of the season, you've been pretty darn healthy, but now these guys are coming off their bye week, with the extra time off, the virus is still spreading in the public. When will you find out your team's overall health before kicking off Packers practice?
"I feel like we have done a pretty good job with that. Just like other teams, there's been some instances where we had that come up with the COVID, and I really believe firmly that coming up here with the holidays, with Thanksgiving and coming off of a bye week, etc. I think this is really, really crucial time for all of us across the league to make sure we are really adhering to the rules, we are wearing our masks, we are understanding what's going on being around family and friends during holidays, and so this is a crucial time right now. We are going to hammer home how important that is. That's one part with the COVID, the other part like you said it the football injuries," Nagy said. "This is a big time for us, as coaches, as staff members to make sure we really hit home on all of that and do it the right way."
You can hear more from Matt Nagy on the Bears Coaches Show on Mondays at 7 p.m.
The Chicago Bears travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Sunday night at 7:20 p.m. for Game 11.