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Although coach Matt Nagy sees no easy fix after a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots Taylor Gabriel Jerseys Stitched , he believes solutions are within reach for problems with Mitchell Trubisky's passing, a fading pass rush, and a feeble running attack."Numbers don't matter, we've got to get the wins, and we've lost two in a row now," Nagy said Monday at Halas Hall. "I've also said that adversity strikes and you've got to be able to be prepared to have little peaks and valleys."We're in a valley right now. So we've got to get out of the valley."The Bears (3-3) had 18 sacks in their first four games and led the league. They've had one for the past two games since linebacker Khalil Mack suffered an ankle injury.Nagy said every pass rusher has to find ways to pressure the quarterback, not just Mack."We say it on the offensive line 鈥?you have to win your one-on-one battle," Nagy said. "Defense? Same thing. You get home."It doesn't mean you always get a sack or you always tip the ball, but you're affecting the quarterback and you're breaking down that green grass and he sees color when he throws. And that's what we need more of."Nagy isn't sure where Mack is health-wise in terms of percentage, but acknowledged Mack would have been rushing the passer more than he did Sunday if he were closer to 100 percent.In each of the past two games, Mack had one tackle, and Sunday the Bears put Mack in pass coverage much of the time. They'll have to keep gauging his availability."We all know that he's not 100 percent, but where are you at?" Nagy said. "That's where we trust him, he trusts us and then we go ahead with the action plan and that's what we ended up doing. It's not an easy decision or process."Offensively, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's wildness problems surfaced again against New England.Even worse were Trubisky's decisions to throw into coverage twice in the end zone. The Patriots dropped both easy interceptions, and he had two interceptions in the game."He played a game better than most people think he played," Nagy said. "There were some throws now that he missed in the later part of the game 鈥?see Youth Nick Kwiatkoski Jerseys , early in the game, there are some throws that look like he missed them, but he missed them because the guy isn't open and it's more of a throwaway."Trubisky went 26 for 50 for 333 yards with two touchdowns. At halftime, he was just 8 for 20 for 92 yards. Twice Trubisky should have been picked off, but the ball was dropped, and one of those came on a tackle-eligible play when Nagy said Trubisky should have known better than to pass."You can't do that, right?" Nagy said. "He knows that... That's a critical error that you cannot do. There's no excuses for it. He knows it."The running game has been elusive to pin down for the Bears, who in the past counted this as a strong asset.Jordan Howard has 311 yards on 90 attempts. As a team, the Bears have 182 attempts for 784 yards, but Trubisky has accounted for 245 yards largely through scrambles."The easy answer is that, again, learning this offense as a whole, all of us together and kind of going through this deal, the run game, trying to figure out the identity of who we are, has taken a little bit longer than the pass game," Nagy said."And so what we're going to do 鈥?that's why we're coaches 鈥?is figure out who we are Nick Kwiatkoski Jerseys Stitched , what we do best and we talk about it."Howard is averaging 3.5 yards a carry and has had only one game with more than 15 carries. He averaged 17.1 carries a game his first two seasons."It doesn't mean that you change the pass-run ratio or anything like that, but when you do run, your yards per carry has to be better," Nagy said. LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — No one can accuse quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears of forgetting to stop and smell the roses during their run to a 10-4 record.Or it might be more appropriate to say they’ve danced their way to the NFC North title.With road games Sunday against San Francisco and then Minnesota in their finale, the Bears are trying to sharpen their offense for a playoff run. And at the same time they’re enjoying every moment after years of wallowing in last place in the division.It includes postgame disco parties along with team dance-offs the day before games.“I can’t tell you too much because it’s pretty secretive what goes down in there,” Trubisky said. “It’s a lot of fun.”The Bears of 1985 had the “Super Bowl Shuffle,” but they had nothing on this group when it comes to dancing.“Club Dub,” their term for postgame celebrations, was borrowed by Nagy from the Chicago Cubs and manager Joe Maddon.“I absolutely love him, I think he’s great,” Nagy said of Maddon. “We talked over the summer about a lot of different things. And we just, we believe in a lot of the same philosophies, and one of them is having fun.“And so the second we started talking for the first time about what we believe in it was easy for me to pick his brain and figure out ways that we could make it ours, as well.”The postgame celebrations have been blasted all over the internet now for months.“And I mean, guys are going nuts,” Trubisky said. “You’ve got choreographed dances going down. You’ve got waves. You’ve got . somebody might have been wave-surfing last game. I don’t know.“But there are some videos that are floating around. It’s just getting crazy in there. So we just have to keep it under control. And yeah Youth Richard Dent Jerseys , keep Club Dub rolling.”Some are better at it than others.“I was in the middle, but they were usually pushing me out because they don’t want to see me dance,” Trubisky said.Nagy watches but isn’t dancing.“He’s the bouncer right now probably,” running back Tarik Cohen said.Now, it seems they’re also showing their moves on Saturdays with team dance-offs. And this week they’ll have to watch Trubisky. It’s four-player teams of Trubisky, wide receiver Javon Wims and offensive linemen Bobby Massie and Eric Kush against cornerback Prince Amukamara, linebacker Danny Trevathan, defensive tackle Bilal Nichols and safety Adrian Amos.“It’s like team bonding, team chemistry, and dancing in front of your peers and in front of the coaches and almost a whole organization,” Amukamara said. “It can be nerve-wracking.”Apparently it’s catching on.“I feel like it’s just made our unity just come together more,” wide receiver Josh Bellamy said. “And now you look around the league, like, I was on Instagram, and I’ve seen the Saints swag surfin’ in their locker room. They’re not doing it like us, but all these other teams are trying to do it, too.“We’re the trendsetters.”Nagy said he hasn’t found it difficult to keep the Bears focused despite the sideshows and the fact they’ve already clinched their first postseason appearance since the NFC championship game after the 2010 season.“I’m just kind of wired that way Richard Dent Jerseys Stitched ,” Nagy said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be on other teams where we’ve won division championships. It’s nice and it’s important because it gives you advantages; it gives you a home game in the playoffs. It helps you get to the ultimate goal, but you can’t be satisfied. That’s who our guys are.”Offensively, the Bears have much room for improvement, even after getting five players chosen to the Pro Bowl: safety Eddie Jackson, linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive end Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller and return manCohen.They head to San Francisco ranked 22nd overall on offense, even after a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers to clinch their division. Trubisky had one of his best games with a 120.4 passer rating.“Just continue to get better, one game at a time,” Trubisky said. “And I think the main focus for me is to just play consistent football, continue to go out and do my job, find completions and help us win ballgames.“Coming back to work this week, keeping everyone focused on San Fran this week and continue to get better. I don’t think we’ve played our best football yet. You’ve got to have that mindset, just stay hungry and stay humble, get after it and believe that our best football is yet ahead of us.”NOTES: Right guard Kyle Long has been on injured reserve since early November. Nagy said it’s possible Long could return to practice after a foot injury later this week. Long did not practice Wednesday. … Jackson has his right foot in a boot cast because of the ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s win and did not practice Wednesday. Reserve outside linebacker Aaron Lynch missed practice due to an elbow injury suffered against the Packers.