Matt Nagy defends Mitch Trubisky over ‘tongue in cheek’ TVs talk
Mitchell Trubisky, suffering through an already-nightmarish season, created even more bad press for himself this week with some comments about wanting TVs turned off at Chicago Bears headquarters to block out criticism of the team.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy, who similarly finds himself under fire amid a disastrous 3-5 season, has defended his quarterback’s comments by insinuating Trubisky was partly joking with his anti-TV chatter.
“Just me knowing him and knowing how he is, I’m assuming there’s a little tongue in cheek there with how he said it,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun-Times.
Trubisky ignited a firestorm by saying Wednesday that he was “trying to get some of these TVs in the building turned off.” The comments alluded to Trubisky’s perceived unhappiness that televisions in Halas Hall were airing shows on which the Bears were routinely getting bashed.
The comments were interpreted by many as a sign that Trubisky was wilting under the pressure as the Bears, coming off an NFC North title last year, are mired in a four-game losing streak and starting to see their season slip away.
Nagy disputed the notion. Instead, he defended Trubisky and argued the struggling quarterback’s apparent aversion to hearing and seeing criticism is encouraging.
“I think everybody is, really,” Nagy said. “It circles back to the quarterback position. That comes with the territory… We all realize that he’s getting a lot of heat right now.
“I don’t know the context exactly how [the TVs remark] was said. Hey, everybody has an opinion right? If that’s how he feels, he’s entitled to it.”
Regardless of whether or not Trubisky was joking, the TV talk is the second time this season his controversial remarks to the media has caused the Bears to go into damage control.
It goes without saying that the Bears are in must-win mode heading into Sunday’s showdown with the division-rival Detroit Lions. With all the noise surrounding Trubisky over his struggles — despite an abundance of preseason hype surrounding the third-year signal-caller — the Bears need their quarterback to rebound in a big way come Sunday.