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Bears Coach Matt Nagy Says Team Needs to Do a Better Job at Finishing Games After Loss to Packers

After Sunday’s patience-testing 24-23 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field, Bears coach Matt Nagy returned to Halas Hall on Monday morning to review his team’s performance. Nagy says the Bears have to develop a finish mentality, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

“So we’ve got to really have that finish mentality,” Nagy said. “We can’t talk about it. We’ve got to do it, everybody included. I think our guys need to understand that close isn’t good enough, which they will. They know that and they understand it’s a long season. Nobody wanted this game more than we did. It definitely hurts, like I said last night. It stings. But we need to use this. We need to go ahead and use this to get better. If you have the negative pessimistic approach to it then that’s all wrong. We’re not going to have that.”

“Being in a game like that on a Sunday night and against a big rival, I like the way our team went about the whole week of practice,” Nagy added. “I thought they came out and played well in the game. We didn’t finish it. So I’m about to learn where we’re at as a staff, where I’m at as a coach and where they’re at as players. That’s the most challenging part and that’s why they bring me in here — for these type of situations. It is not going to be rosy the whole time. It’s not. We’re not going to lose our confidence at all, I promise you, from this game. We’re going to learn from it, stick together. It’s going to make us stronger and hopefully we’re all sitting here at the end of the season and we can look back and reflect and say, ‘This helped us more than it hurt us.’”

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