In the moments after the Bears' wild 27-23 win over Detroit on Sunday, head coach Matt Nagy made it clear that he and his staff were 'not going to let this win deodorize any of the stuff on offense, defense or special teams that wasn’t good." That's for good reason, too: had the Bears not pulled off that improbable comeback in the fourth quarter, the conversation about Week 1 would have focused on how poorly they played – both on offense and defense – for the first three. A win's a win, but it'd be foolish to keep expecting the amount of breaks that Detroit seemed hell-bent on providing.
"You have to be real certain that when you talk about a game and the way the game was going those first three quarters, offensively and defensively, to get that win, we feel really good about," Nagy said on Monday. "Our guys stuck together and turned it up when we had to. The problem is we can't get in that situation early on. You can't dig that hole. We all collectively start looking at the tape and you say, 'OK, where are we at? What are the issues?'
There will be plenty to go over when the team gets back together on Tuesday for their weekly 'Good, Bad, and Ugly' film session. Red zone efficiency and another sluggish start left a bad taste in his mouth, but the offense's futility on third down was Nagy's biggest sticking point on Monday. The Bears started the game 0-7 on third down chances and finished 2-11, which Nagy simply called "unacceptable."
"You just can't have that," he added. "You're not gonna win in this league. So that's gotta get fixed."
Getting it fixed in time for Sunday's home opener against the Giants starts, per usual, at quarterback. Even though Mitch Trubisky didn't throw an interception against the Lions, he easily could have – there were more than a couple unflattering attempts in the first 45 minutes. When it comes to the 'good', the Bears were pleased with Trubisky's rhythm in tempo (drink), and QB coach John DeFilippo pointed to Jimmy Graham's touchdown as a 'Pro Bowl type play.'
The bad (and probably the ugly too) was missing Allen Robinson on a go-route in part because of flat-footed stance that, as DeFilippo put it, "goes back to old school fundamentals."
"As you go through the tape, there's some times that I think that Mitch can be better with some of his decision-making and he needs to and he will," Nagy said. "What we keep going back to is, OK, then you get to the fourth quarter and you end up having three really good throws for touchdowns. He was 8-for-10 and at some critical times made some critical throws. The biggest thing that we have to get to is the consistency throughout the game."