A day after snapping his team’s four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions, Bears coach Matt Nagy said he hopes the season’s remaining opponents will scratch their starting QB and be forced to play with a third-string running back like Detroit was.
“Look, in the NFL it’s always tough to win games,” said Nagy. “I’m proud of the way our guys played yesterday, even though the Lions were already a mediocre-at-best team, Stafford was out and they were forced to try to get by with two journeymen running backs.”
Added Nagy: “It made me wonder: Is it possible for the rest of the teams we play to do the same?”
Nagy said he put a call into the commissioner’s office to “test the waters” on getting the Rams to bench Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and backup RB Malcolm Brown.
“It’s worth asking the question,” said Nagy. “The worst they can say is ‘No,’ sort of like when I asked Mitch [Trubisky] to read a defense as he’s walking up to the center.”