(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy cast an upbeat mood late Thursday night after his team improved to 4-1 with a 20-19 win against the Buccaneers at Soldier Field.
By Friday morning, Nagy was simmering. He had just reviewed the game film and harped to players on the Bears' offense that they can be so much better.
"The details in this offense right now are not there," Nagy said Friday morning. "It's our job as coaches to get these freaking details right.
"Offensively, we got some stuff to do."
The Bears had 243 yards of offense Thursday in what was an incomplete performance. To Nagy, it's not at all a matter of effort. Instead, the Bears need to hone in on details and fundamentals. He saw receivers altering their routes after three steps instead of five and timing elements coming unglued.
Nagy also feels his own play-calling is part of what's lacking.
"You need to do everything exactly the way that it's supposed to be done," Nagy said.
"I refuse to allow this to happen."
The Bears' biggest offensive issue through five games is the lack of an established rushing attack. David Montgomery carried only 10 times for 29 yards against the Buccaneers. After prioritizing the running game this past offseason and working to re-create the Bears' offense around it, Nagy has largely abandoned it in the past two games.
Nagy credited the Colts' and Buccaneers' stout run defenses as part of the reasoning for the Bears going away from the rushing game, but that's only part of his frustration.
"We're not going to abandon the run by any means," Nagy said. "We got to stay balanced. But at the end of the day, none of that matters if you don't stay detailed."
In a season in which the Bears made a quarterback change from Mitchell Trubisky to Nick Foles in their third game, Nagy has put blame on himself as a play-caller as well as the personnel for the offensive shortcomings. The Bears are 25th in the NFL in scoring (21.0 points), 26th in yards per play (5.0) and 27th in rushing yards per game (95.4).
Now, Nagy wants better results. That begins with better focus on small matters.
"Darn it," Nagy said. "When you play in this offense, you better be freaking detailed."
Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.