Matt Nagy knows what the NFL playoffs are all about having just coached in them last season with the Chiefs and in previous seasons as an assistant with the Eagles.
“This is when it gets real, and it’s exciting to have one at home,” said Nagy Monday during a press conference at Halas Hall.
The Bears will host the Eagles Sunday at 3:40 p.m. Central Time.
“The intensity is completely different,” said Nagy. “It’s not even close. And I think that’s the message that our guys have got to understand, the guys that haven’t been a part of it. That’s what’s good about yesterday’s (Sunday’s game in Minnesota) they got to feel that.”
Nagy says the Bears have to follow the same formula that they’ve followed all season which is to stay focused on the one game and the one opponent in front of them and block out the distractions.
“We’ve talked about blinders. We’ve talked about the earmuffs, we’ve talked about poise in the noise, good and bad and that’s what we’re going to do again this week.”
When the Bears face the Eagles they’ll not only be facing the defending Super Bowl champions, Nagy will also be going up against his good friend Eagle’s head coach Doug Pederson. The two of them were together on the coaching staffs with the Chiefs and the Eagles for several seasons.
“He is a great friend of mine,” said Nagy. “I have a ton of respect for him and we texted last night (Sunday night) a little bit.” “I told him at the Owners’ Meeting this past off-season he got that Super Bowl right…I’m trying to follow his lead here. He probably doesn’t want to hear that right now, but I want to stick on that path. Ton of respect for him.”
Nagy also worked with current Eagles’ starting quarterback Nick Foles when the two of them were with the Chiefs.
“Nick is about as good of a human being as you’ll find,” said Nagy. “You want to talk about people that do things the right way, somebody that cares about others, somebody that just wants to play for the love of the game, and he was at a low point then.”