Two days before the Bears walked into a muggy, sticky trap at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, coach Matt Nagy was asked whether he was worried about his team being overconfident. He wasn’t. The Bears, he said, had proved adept at not getting too high or low.
“The first 12 to 24 hours after Week 1,” he conceded, “we were pretty low.”
After being crushed when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did his best Lazarus impersonation in the season opener, the Bears rattled off three consecutive victories. They’ll try to use their latest bizarre, unlikely defeat — a 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins on Sunday — as motivation.
It won’t be hard to get up for their opponent Sunday at Soldier Field: the Patriots.
“This is not a ‘Debbie Downer’ organization,” Nagy said Monday. “We’re a winning team. We lost that game. Life goes on. How are we going to get better?”
Debbie Downer, of course, is the “Saturday Night Live” character who would inject depressing factoids into the happiest environments, detailing North Korean train explosions while at Disney World and the scourge of feline AIDS at the Thanksgiving table.
Nagy gets a lot of credit for changing the attitude inside Halas Hall. That fabric will be tested again this week.