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Matt Nagy frequently shows players end of Bears’ playoff loss

The Chicago Bears lost their playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles last season in heartbreaking fashion, and head coach Matt Nagy is making sure players never forget it.

The Bears were upset at home during the NFC wild-card round by the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 16-15, and the manner in which the team lost was especially painful.

Then-Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a potential game-winning kick at the end of regulation, a whiff now infamously referred to as the “double-doink” thanks to how the football clanked off both an upright and the crossbar, leaving the kicker as a hated scapegoat.

According to Bears running back Tarik Cohen, Nagy specifically focuses on the final seconds of the game, highlighted by Parkey’s miss, and the brutal aftermath.

“He’ll show it throughout team meetings that we have in the mornings so that the whole team can see it,” Cohen told Adam Schein this week on Mad Dog Sports Radio.

“He just shows us the last seconds of the game,” Cohen continued. “He shows us the crowd’s reaction, our reactions from the sideline, and he just tells you ‘never forget that hurt,’ you know, and that we want to get back to that place and have a different outcome. So that drives us and motivates to get through practice every day.”

The Bears were tremendously unhappy with how Parkey went on a media sympathy tour in the wake of his heartbreaking miss, something that ultimately led to him getting cut loose by the team in unceremonious fashion.

It stands to reason, though, that Bears players would learn much more about avoiding such a situation in the future if Nagy instead highlighted how the team failed to put more than 15 points on the board, thereby eliminating the need for Parkey to convert a field goal in the difficult conditions at Soldier Field.