Matt Nagy seemed a bit testier than usual Monday as he met Bears media for his weekly postmortem following a Sunday game.
But hey, how would you be feeling after your team, in its own words, embarrassed itself in its final home game of the season?
Following the game, Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson said, “It’s tough. It’s our last home game, prime time. It’s embarrassing.
“Guys kept fighting, which is always a good sign, but it’s still embarrassing.”
Allen Robinson, arguably the team’s best player all season long, added, “I’m frustrated. I don’t like losing.
“Keep fighting and keep playing. We understand we’re in a tough situation, but we have to go out there and perform.”
With what could very well be the most difficult offseason of their careers in front of them, it is easy to see how head coach and players have reached the end of their ropes.
What happened? The problem we’re all having in trying to find that answer is another question, this one akin to what came first, the chicken or the egg.
Is the Bears' current state of affairs a product of overrating their talent?
Are we here because Mitch Trubisky just isn’t the answer at quarterback, or has he failed to answer the bell yet because Matt Nagy’s offense is a mess without a clear plan or enough consistency to allow him to figure out what these Bears can do well?
Asked Monday about the sloppiness that has haunted his team all season long and seemed to reach a peak versus the Chiefs, Nagy said, “We're always up front and honest with everybody in regards to how we try to change that.
“To me, really, I always talk about details. When you think one play might be the play that affects a game, you want to try to be as perfect as you can.
“And so you look back and early on in the game, we're moving the ball a little bit and then we have the fumble on the around.
“Now, all of a sudden, it's second-and-20.
“We had a couple penalties here and there offensively, didn't score in the red zone, gave up some long drives on defense, had an offsides, gave them a free first down on 3rd-and-4 and then we had obviously the running-into-the-kicker.”
While all of that is obviously true, it leaves unanswered the question of why call that end-around in the first place when you were driving to open the game?
Nagy’s answer: The play was fine; the execution was the problem. That may be true, but was it the best call in that spot?
What went wrong in the red zone? Asked about each play, first, second and third down, Nagy said Mitch was fine on all three of them, did the right thing.
So does it follow that the play calls were wrong?
What really struck me, though, was when asked about Cordarrelle Patterson’s play on offense, Nagy replied, “I think you guys saw yesterday what he can do when he is in the backfield.”
No, I actually saw that last year when he was in New England and thought that was one of the main reasons he was brought here.
Nonetheless, Nagy continued, “He’s able to make some — he’s fast, he’s big, and he runs the ball hard. And then he does good things in the pass game, too.
“That’s, again, for somebody like him, me learning how to use some of the players, I think you’ll see that that’ll get better.”
That’s great news, Coach, but why did it take 16 weeks to figure out what should have been obvious opening day?
Even if the Bears lose to the Vikings Sunday, Nagy will be 19-14 after two seasons, with one NFL Coach of the Year Award, and by any measure that’s an excellent start in his business.
It’s enough to convince me there still could be a very good NFL head coach hiding inside him right now.
But one more season like this one and he could very well be the Bears ex-head coach, and I’d hate to see that happen, especially if we never find out whether it was the coach or his players to blame.