Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy addresses fist fight involving WR Javon Wims


Wims, who recorded a nine-yard strike against the Saints, initiated contact with New Orleans cornerback CJ Gardner-Johnson and threw the first punch after a five-yard strike by Allen Robinson II .

Wims was the Bears’ 2018 seventh-round pick in Georgia and had gone from a member of the practice squad to a contributor for the past three years.

Nagy stressed the need for discipline after the team was called up for seven penalties totaling 53 yards.

“The guys are fighting,” Nagy said. “They stick together. But then it happens. It takes away everything that you work hard to happen that you fight for, and what bothers me is that we have a lot of great guys doing things the right way. , and then it wins. ”

Quarterback Nick Foles declined to comment on the fight or any conversation about it in the locker room. Like Nagy, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks did not see the incident but offered measured advice on the situation.

“This football game is quite emotional, isn’t it? Hicks said. “We have a lot of things going on, extrinsic and intrinsic. Do you know what I’m saying? These situations that we must cover and for which we must prepare. I think I lost my temper before. It’s part of the game. Elite, and if you want to be elite, you have to be able to control some of those moments. ”

Kicker consistency: Cairo Santos has emerged as one of the Bears’ most trusted players in recent weeks. The veteran kicker connected on all three field goals against the Saints, including a 51-yard dash in a strong wind to send the game into overtime.

Santos ran on the field with the Bears in under three points. He made his two long attempts, the first being canceled by a Saints timeout aimed at frosting Santos.

“We were able to execute it at the end of regulation,” said Foles, “and we gave the opportunity to push the game into overtime. Our special teams have done a great job. Cairo did a great job. ”

A late addition to the squad, Santos took the opportunity to replace injured Eddy Piñeiro. Santos has logged on 14 of 16 attempts this season, including a 55-yard long against the Carolina Panthers.

Santos connected in his last 10 attempts, with his last failure in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons.

New package: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took over against the Saints, serving as a running threat.

Although he only appeared for one game, rushing for a three-yard gain, Nagy hinted that opposing teams may see more of the former starting quarterback in the future.

“He’s done a really good job in his current role,” Nagy said. “It’s a weapon for us to be able to use his legs and then obviously to be able to throw the ball too. It’s something we watch, and every game could be a little different, but it’s something. that teams need to prepare for. ”

Trubisky has rushed for 949 yards and seven touchdowns in his career, including 421 yards and three touchdowns in 2018.

Problem with OT: The Bears entered fairly uncharted territory after the 51-yard Santos equalized the game.

The team have only made three overtime since Nagy took over as head coach. Sunday’s loss cuts Nagy’s overtime record to 0-3. The Bears lost all three games by a basket.

The team went into extra time twice in Nagy’s first season, the most recent in December 2018 against the New York Giants. Like Sunday’s game against the Saints, the Bears came close to securing a comeback victory, with Anthony Miller catching a one-yard touchdown pass from running back Tarik Cohen at the end of time.

With the 35-yard winner Wil Lutz with less than two minutes to go, the Bears also came close to registering their first draw in decades. The team’s last draw was in 1972 against the Los Angeles Rams, six years before Nagy’s birth.


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