Bears Push "Griese Gate" Aside to Prepare for Saints

A post-press conference meeting between Matt Nagy and Nick Foles over a comment Foles was said to have made to ESPN announcer Brian Griese has been put to rest by the Bears
Author:
Publish date:

Bears coach Matt Nagy and quarterback Nick Foles apparently moved forward without a problem, closing the book on a potentially undermining comment by ESPN commentator Brian Griese made during Monday night's 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

In fact, they moved on only minutes after the postgame press conference when Foles had initially been asked about it, and are pointing now toward Sunday's game at Soldier Field with the New Orleans Saints.

Griese during the game said: "We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday. He said, 'you know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don't have time to execute that play call. You know, I'm the one out here getting hit. Sometimes the guy calling the plays, Matt Nagy, he doesn't know how much time there is back here. So that’s something that they have to get worked out."

Nagy and Foles held a meeting after their press conferences in Los Angeles and talked about the comment Foles had supposedly made to Griese.

"The first thing I did was go straight to (Nagy's) office because I think it's important," Foles said. "You all hear me talk about conversations and relationships. Even though that wasn't true what Brian said, it was important for Matt, coach Nagy and I, to speak about what was said for our relationship. 

"It doesn't matter if you're in marriage or what, if you keep something away from your wife, you don't ever talk about it, if you're married you know it turns into something that it shouldn't be. So that wisdom right there made me realize 'hey, I'm going to go talk to coach Nagy,' I have a great relationship with him. We had a really good conversation. That's what's important is having those relationships with your coaches to where you can actually go in there and talk and talk like men and put it all out there on the table so you can move forward in the appropriate way."

Griese never clarified his comment and Foles' attempt was vague.

It had to do with Foles' perceived displeasure over certain play calls either due to a lack of time to execute some passes because of ineffective blocking or because plays weren't coming in fast enough to leave time before the snap to change up the blocking scheme and help the pass blocking be more effective.

"And so, even to the point of afterwards, after the game, when everything was brought up, Nick and I we had a long talk, a very good talk about just clarifying what I guess was interpreted by Brian," Nagy said. "Like I said, I don't know exactly how he took it.

"So, for us, we're (he and Foles) in such a good spot with our relationship. It's very, very healthy. Everything we do, we do together. I mean, that's who we are as a team and as a culture. But I always want to know what Nick's thinking. And when he has an idea or thought—I told everybody on the front end before this, if you can't listen to suggestions and thoughts, then you're crazy. That's kind of where I'm at with that. We're in a really, really good place right now. Couldn't be happier with where things are at with our relationship there."

Apparently the feeling of forgiveness goes beyond the coach and quarterback and over to Griese.

"You have those conversations (at production meetings) out of respect to help them do their job and when you have these conversations and things can be twisted just a little bit, you know, and said at the wrong time and then it creates something where now we're still talking about it, that's never great, never good," Foles said. "But you know what? People do make mistakes and you know there is forgiveness and all that.

"So obviously life goes on. Everything is good. We had really great conversations. It's unfortunate it happened but it did. It’s really the first time I think I’ve ever had to deal with something like this but, you know, people make mistakes and things happen and we move on and there's grace."

Twitter: BearDigest@BearsOnMaven