It'd been so long since the Bears had reason for it prior to Sunday's 20-13 win vs. the Detroit Lions that some wondered whether Matt Nagy's team would return to its signature post-victory "Club Dub" locker room celebration.
Wonder no more.
For the first time in 42 days, the disco lights flashed, the music blared and the Bears danced, and although fans and analysts may have expressed doubt regarding its return, for its originators, it was never in question.
"The reason why we do it is because we know how hard it is to win in this league," said Prince Amukamara, adding that the Bears' most recent Soldier Field loss, 17-16 at the buzzer to the Chargers, only reinforced it. "... The fact that we did it rejuvenated us, and hopefully we keep that going."
Rejuvenating? No doubt. Rejoice?? That's the whole point. But as Nagy alluded to after the game, it also allowed them to again feel a feeling they'd nearly forgot.
"Well, you almost forget sometimes. Four games is a long time. And you get up there, and I just sat back and just to be able to watch the guys, what we were so used to doing, seeing them in there, they ended up doing some one-on-one dancing, which is pretty neat," he said. "It's exciting. We enjoy it. It brings you together, you know, and then you're able to coach off of wins a lot easier. There's still a lot of things that we need to get better at. We understand that. But you step back in those moments and you say, this is why we do what we do."
Line dance: Eight games of watching the reconfigured interior O-line with Cody Whitehair at left guard and James Daniels struggle apparently was enough. The Bears reversed course Sunday, flip-flopping the two players back to their 2018 posts.
Whitehair's issues with erratic snaps returned, James Daniels drew two flags and the unit surrendered five sacks and helped pave the way for only a 3.4-yard average on the ground. But Mitch Trubisky also seemed to enjoy cleaner pockets during the Bears' three scoring drives, and Nagy was pleased with the results.
"I thought it went well. ... To make a switch like that, there's two ways to look at it," said Nagy, after explicitly stating the move wasn't the direct result of Daniels' struggles — especially last week against Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox — but something in which the Bears feel very comfortable overall. "There's a concern of, ‘can the guys switch in a week's notice and go ahead and execute during game day?' Well, we felt good about it because of those two guys and who they are. That's an easy deal. The next part is just the execution of them doing it on game day, and they handled it well. We had a couple things here or there, but that's going to happen regardless."
Whitehair, who signed a lucrative contract extension in the offseason and had been the unit's most consistent performer despite the position switch, told reporters that fixing the poor snaps were a simple matter of re-familiarizing. In other words, the Bears won't be moving the two blockers again, short of something unforeseen.
Right tackle Bobby Massie said, "we played pretty good up front. ... The second half, we played well."
Injuries: The Bears wouldn't provide any specifics on Danny Trevathan's left elbow injury that looked eerily similar to the grotesque dislocation suffered by fellow defensive leader Akiem Hicks in London that led to Hick's IR trip. Tight end Trey Burton suffered a calf injury and didn't return.