Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said he does not regret his furious outburst at officials, which earned him a non-playing conduct penalty Monday night at Soldier Field.
Nagy was flagged between the first and second quarters of a 17–9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, when Deion Bush was called after safety to hit a defenseless receiver. The Bears held the Vikings to a third and -7 in midfield, but a penalty on Bush gave the Vikings first and -10 at the Bears 35-yard line.
When the quarter ended after two plays, Negi gave the officials a piece of his mind.
“Our men are fighting to get out of the field and I saw what happened,” Negi said. “So I made my opinion clear on it, and I don’t regret it.”
Referee Scott Novak told a pool reporter that Negi was flagged for using inappropriate language.
“I will not repeat what was said,” Novak said. “But when it crosses a line and it’s inappropriate, then we fly the flag.”
Negi’s penalty pushed the Vikings over the 12-yard line, and they scored after four plays on Greg Joseph’s 37-yard field goal.
It was one of nine bear penalties for 91 yards. The Bears’ defense was penalized twice on the Vikings’ only second-half touchdown drive. Tez Tabor was called in for an illegal low block, and Travis Gipson was called in for unnecessary roughness.
“Honestly, some of these calls are starting to get a little crazy,” said Bear outside linebacker Robert Quinn. “These referees look like they’re controlling the game a bit too much. If a play is clean and they’re throwing a flag at something they thought they could change the game with just one flag, then I mean, let people play ball.
“If it was a few years ago, it wouldn’t even be called half the stuff, but now they have some of these stupid rules, and in the hands of the referee it can change at any moment. I think they need our coach.” No, but the referees they are hiring need to be scrutinized.”
Nowak said Bush and Alec Ogletree were snapping Tyler Conklin near Kirk Cousins when Bush was chastised after contacting Conklin’s head, Novak said.
“With a defenseless receiver, the defender is always responsible for avoiding any illegal contact or illegal act,” Nowak said. “And when he makes head contact, even if he is going for the ball, it is still a foul. If he is attempting to deflect or intercept the ball, he is still forcibly illegal contact with the offensive player.” Can’t, because he is defenseless.
Bush said he did not receive an explanation from the officer he had asked on the field, but said the Bears would try to correct their mistakes.
“It’s so hard, man,” Bush said. “Sometimes you want to know what’s the right thing to do. You want the right protection, but at the same time, you want to be able to go out there and play, not let them catch the ball. I think we Will have to see how to work on that, how to fix it.”
The most notable penalty on the offense came when rookie left Teven Jenkins went after DJ Vonum for a hard hit on quarterback Justin Fields as Fields went out of bounds in the third quarter.
Jenkins was called in for unnecessary roughness, and the Bears’ drive was pushed back to second and 22 on their 13-yard line.
Nagy said he understands Jenkins’s sentiment and desire to protect his quarterback, but added that the Bears also need to be smart with their reactions.
“After that one, I went around and talked to everyone and just said, ‘Okay, it’s time to reel it back, all of us, myself included,'” Nagy said. “I love fighting. I love their energy. … Action leads to reaction. Just be smart because what it does is put us in tough situations from yards away, and then, involve myself in what I did.” Did.
Fields said he appreciated Jenkins’ response.
“I told her I liked what she did there and I appreciate her, but at the same time she had to be smart,” Fields said. “But I definitely love the mindset and I like to stick it to myself. I think we need more of it. But I just told her, I love it, but do it between whistles.” ”