For Bears' Matt Nagy, Candor Is Part Of Coaching

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears coach Matt Nagy has nothing but supportive words for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky -- at least when speaking in the public light.

Privately, he may be tougher on Trubisky. In Chicago's win at Washington on Monday night, cameras for the national broadcast captured Nagy ripping into Trubisky with some choice language before a third-and-2 play in the second quarter. The Bears would convert the third down before capping the series with a touchdown en route to a 31-15 win against the Redskins.

But what about that moment of strong coaching from Nagy to Trubisky? 

"I have a little bit of a heated side to me at times, and I think there’s nothing wrong with that," Nagy said at Halas Hall on Wednesday. "But Mitch does, too. That’s just today’s world. That’s probably not the first and last time that’s gone on between a head coach and quarterback. Nothing’s personal. It’s just in the middle of the game, just us going at it. (The public) got a taste of it.

"There’s a difference between it being personal and being task-related. There’s a big difference in that. Shoot, we as coaches have that with each other at times. But it’s because we care. If we didn’t care, I would’ve never had that conversation with him. The same with him. 

"That’s not the first time, and I promise you it’s not gonna be the last time.”

Nagy-Trubisky exchange, 8:23 left in Q2

— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) September 25, 2019

How did Trubisky take the candor from his coach?

"I love it," Trubisky said. "I love it. I got fired up. That's what you want from your head coach. You want passion.

"There's nothing wrong with showing a little emotion. It's part of the game."

Trubisky struggled in Chicago's first two games, which is why his steady performance at Washington was notable. He was 25-of-31 for 231 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. At the time of Nagy's strong words -- 8:31 in the second quarter -- the Bears led 7-0 thanks to safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's pick-six.

In Trubisky's third NFL season and second with Nagy, he's 67-of-103 for 579 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for a Bears that sits at 2-1.

Nagy and the Bears know they need Trubisky to be stronger for success to follow this season.

"I’ll always be up front and honest with my players," Nagy said. "None of it’s malicious, none of it is to hurt anybody’s feelings. It’s just to try to bring the best out of them."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.