It couldn’t have been easy for Matt Nagy to watch the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl — a team the Bears beat in Week 14.
But his loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the wildcard is turning into motivation for the young head coach, who is setting his sights higher for 2019.
“We talk about it,” Nagy told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We don’t talk about making the playoffs. We talk about winning the Super Bowl.”
Six months ago, the Super Bowl seemed like a distant goal, but a breakout 12-4 season quickly accelerated expectations for Nagy.
The Bears opened with the third-best Super Bowl odds for 2019, and they’ll have the proverbial target on their backs as defending NFC North Champions.
Nagy is trying to maximize the championship window while they still have financial flexibility with Mitchell Trubisky on his rookie contract, and 2018 was a strong first step toward their bigger goal.