CHICAGO — In the aftermath of yet another disheartening setback Monday night, Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy again clung to the most reliable life raft he has. Culture. Team unity. Resolve.
"Persistence over resistance," Nagy preached.
And a little while later ...
"We're fighters," he said. "Just keep fighting and staying together, and eventually something here will hopefully change."
Reflexively, the city of Chicago dropped its head and sighed, preparing for another dark December in which another year's playoff shot will fizzle away.
Really. We're doing all this again?
The Bears still were disoriented Monday night, still shellshocked, still examining their wounds after a dejecting 19-13 home loss to the Vikings. They were clearly battered and drained and in need of additional attention.
Nagy, though, knew part of his responsibility was to offer reassurance. Thus he instinctively dipped into the bucket of mottoes distressed coaches often turn to when they're trying to keep their teams from fracturing or giving in.
"We've got to believe and trust and keep playing for each other," Nagy said.
Well-intentioned? Certainly. A useful approach? For sure.