Bears will learn from experience
All week leading up to the Eagles game, we heard about the value of Philadelphia’s playoff experience. Before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way: experience had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. It was not the reason they lost.
With that said, it does not mean that the experience is not valuable. In fact, you could argue the way the season unfolded was invaluable to this young team. Remember the aforementioned Packers loss? After the game, Nagy emphasized that they would learn from it and that lesson would serve them well at some point later in the season. Well, it did. The team learned how to handle adversity and responded well the rest of the year.
The Bears will learn a couple of lessons from this latest excruciating loss.
First, they will get experience in the cauldron that is playoff football. They will better understand the speed, the intensity and the magnification of every play in that setting.
Second, the sinking feeling in their stomachs will serve as fuel and motivation next year. The desire to never want to have that feeling again can serve as a rallying cry for this team as they begin the offseason and head into training camp.
Competition next year in the NFC will certainly be stiff, but the Bears will be one year older and one year wiser. That should also translate to a better team and hopefully, they’ll be the ones hoisting the Lombardi trophy in February.