Matt Nagy hanging Giannis Antetokounmpo quote in his house
Nagy applies this Giannis quote to the Bears Season Mantra, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy watched the NBA finals and, like everyone else, was even more impressed by Giannis Antetokounmpo after adding a championship to his two MVP awards.
Remarkably, Nagy noticed this one answer to a question from Giannis.
The cliff notes version reads, "If you focus on the past, that's your ego ... And if I focus on the future, it's my pride ... And I kind of focus on the moment, on the present. And that is humility. That is humble. "
And for Nagy, it's the perfect mantra for the bears and one that he said would work in all four of my children's bedrooms.
Nagy referred to the quote as he answered yet another flurry of questions about the path of rookie quarterback Justin Fields to the starting quarterback. He and General Manager Ryan Pace have headed out on the subject, stating time and time again that Andy Dalton is the quarterback.
But on the first day of training camp, Nagy was asked if Fields could convince him that he was the starter.
"For Justin, for Andy, for Nick (Foles) your job is to get into this thing and do exactly what you just said is just dominate," Nagy told the media. "For all of us to make it as difficult as possible in every position. We don't even go into that part. We just say, go, play ball. Be the best you can be."
“Trust me, like everyone here and in our town, I want Justin Fields to be electric. We all want that. But we worry about ourselves today. That's all we can.
Then, referring to Giannis' quote, Nagy added, "You can't worry about the past. You can't worry about the future. We're going to worry now, today. That's all we do be able."
Nagy also acknowledged the hype among the fan base and even within the organization, noting that it was the organization's responsibility to "isolate (fields) and do this properly in a large market."
That won't stop Nagy from recognizing Fields' good practice, but he won't stick to it. Fields and other rookies have been practicing for three days before training camp and Fields is already showing improvement.
"I was really impressed with the way Justin was coming back from OTAs up to these last three days to get in and out of the mess and see things. You could tell he was doing his homework," Nagy said .
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