Joniak: Bears Hit Reset Button As They Prepare For Eagles


(WBBM Newsradio) -- The Bears (3-4) were back at work Wednesday continuing their preparations to play the Eagles (4-4) on the road Sunday. Kickoff comes at noon, and the game can be heard on WBBM Newsradio 780.

Let's check out the news and notes of the day.

--I could do without October snow. How about you? 

--The theme of the week revolves around going 1-and-0 with a win against the Eagles. It is a reset for Matt Nagy’s Bears. “Our message is just to go 1-0. It’s all we can do, all we can control.”

--The reigning Coach of the Year hearing from players that everything is going to be okay. “I have players that are coming up to me that are telling me ‘We got this coach,'" Nagy said. "When you have adversity you really never know how your team is going to react to it.”

--Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took Nagy’s advice and learned a lot about what his teammates see in him during the game. Watching the national television broadcast of the game opened his eyes.

--Here is what Trubisky observed: “It was mostly just like a guy who looks super serious, kind of tense. And that's really not me. Especially when you're going out on the field and playing the game you love. You should be out there having fun, which I usually am. But I'm not showing that."

--Maybe that simple suggestion by Nagy to his quarterback will have a significant impact on Trubisky’s performance. “You got to be excited for the opportunity and you got to continue come work and have fun. That’s what I’m going to do this week. And when everybody looks at me, hopefully, they just get motivated and are ready to go.”

--Belief remains in kicker Eddy Pineiro. “We have ultimate trust the next time that happens he’s going to make it,” said Nagy. 

--There were more questions from reporters about the sequence of events leading up to Pineiro’s misfire from 41 yards Sunday. Nagy is weary about it at this point. He is on to Philadelphia. He has to be. If there was a communication breakdown, or not, I am certain discussions, notations, and action plans are clear for a future situation.    

--The injury report reveals only outside linebacker Isaiah Irving absent with a quad injury. The Eagles did not have flashy rookie running back Miles Sanders (shoulder). Two veteran playmakers returned to practice after battling injuries for the Eagles: Deep threat DeSean Jackson and running back Darren Sproles. 

--Jim Riebandt is on the soundtrack of Chicago sports. After 37 seaons as the Bears Public Address announcer, he is retiring after the season. Reibandt has connected with the home crowd with a uniquely Chicago creativity. His authoritative and exciting presentation will end with the Dec. 22 home finale against Kansas City. The Bears will give Riebandt a proper sendoff during that game.  I see Reibandt on the way to the broadcast booth frequently at Soldier Field. Jim always has offered a kind word and encouragement over the years.

--Trey Burton admits to still thinking about what might have been in the Bears playoff loss to the Eagles in January. It was a game he could not play due to a groin issue that lingers to this day.

--Burton’s scouting report on the Eagles revolves around the impact and experience of safety Malcolm Jenkins. “He’s able to play that down in the box safety. He’s not afraid of the contact -- a really strong and saavy veteran player.”

--Establishing the run early would again serve as a terrific platform for the Bears' offense to build on against the Eagles. The types of runs executed and blocked against the Chargers left an impression on Nagy. “We felt like we really improved and now we just want to keep growing,” he said.

Jeff Joniak is the play-by-play announcer for the Bears broadcasts on WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM. Follow him on Twitter @JeffJoniak.