Shortly after the Bears’ worst loss of the Matt Nagy era, the coach stood in front of the media and gave an impassioned
lecture speech about not letting the outside noise affect team morale.
“Being 3-3 -- here's what I'll tell them,” Nagy said after the 35-26 loss. “You ready? I'll just tell you. I talk about horse blinders and earmuffs. Don't listen to anything outside because right now it's not going to be good. So what happens is people from outside try to pull you down, and the last thing that anybody is going to do, whether it's you guys or anybody else outside, you're not pulling us down.”
Moments after the game ended, however, more than one Bears player got in a Twitter fight with other team’s reporters and fans. Wide receiver Allen Robinson – who was visibly frustrated all game – was first:
Keep my name out ya mouth— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) October 21, 2019
You look foolish! Literally, you probably have never had to compete at a high level before so I don’t expect you to understand— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) October 21, 2019
Running back Tarik Cohen also took issue with some things that showed up on his timeline:
This tweet so stupid . Y’all act like i don’t know I’m short . https://t.co/HZGbUeKPHb— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) October 21, 2019
Buddy had a free hit . Didn’t smack shit ,Then got his ass ran over . I’m short . But he small as hell 😂😂 https://t.co/p4vxg4xcwK— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) October 21, 2019
Wide Receiver Anthony Miller was a touch more stealthy with his venting. For some terrible reason, Twitter loves showing people who likes what tweets – a function that only exists to create awkward situations like this:
Miller used his savvy to take an inside release to beat the corner and then faded to the outside to give his QB a window bc in real games routes arent run like its drawn on paper. the timing wasnt impacted at all. Mitch has to make that throw.— Alex La (@DracoTrubisky) October 21, 2019
(He liked the tweet.)
Considering how passionately Nagy delivered his first Us-Against-The-World rallying cry (not to mention some of the other social media … issues? … that the team has already dealt with this year), isn’t clapping back sort of exactly the opposite of a horse-blinders/ear muffs sentiment? Can the two coexist?
“That’s up to them,” Nagy said at Monday’s press conference. “We can do everything we can to prevent that. That’s their decision. That’s why we bring in the guys we bring in. We try to bring in high-character people who don’t have all that other ‘me’ stuff.”
Videos of Cohen and Robinson jawing at Saints players during the game made rounds as well. The two took issue with New Orleans secondary members C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Eli Apple, both of which were seen mocking Cohen’s height after a reception late in the 4th quarter.
Sean Payton trash talking Tarik Cohen— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) October 20, 2019
And then Saints players measuring Cohen
my god pic.twitter.com/i0QxqMbsVd
It’s the latest example of bad body language that’s appeared more in the last four weeks than it did all of last season. Social media issues aside (those seem to go firmly against Nagy’s beloved We-Not-Me mantra), the coach is okay with public displays of frustration.
“I’m unaware of the social media,” he said. “But I think all in all, the way I look at it is, I’m OK with frustration. I get frustrated. That’s natural. This isn’t where we want to be as an offense. So that’s natural. I’m not against that.
“But what happens now is when we’re in our building and we’re together, they all understand that we all have to have accountability. They have to make plays but you can’t start trying to take each other apart or any of that stuff. That’s not what we’re going to do.”