Bears Coach Matt Nagy Discusses Defense, Big Win Against Rams

Josh Liss
December 10, 2018 - 8:16 am
Bears coach Matt Nagy

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record.

In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.

Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.

"Our play on defense — all I can say is wow," coach Matt Nagy said.

The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tie-breaking safety early in the third quarter.

Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter. And after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North, Chicago continued to close in on its first division title and playoff appearance since 2010.

"For them to go out and do it (against) a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow," Nagy said. "It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness. When you teach that and you talk about it over and over and over — as a culture, as a building, everyone together as a family — and then they do it, it lights a fire. It puts us in a great position. We do talk about one game at a time. They're gonna enjoy tonight and then we're gonna get right back in it and get ready for next week."

WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss spoke with Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday morning following the Bear's win over the Rams.

WBBM: Where do you start describing how that kind of contest went down?

"That was a great job by our team collectively and the defense playing as well as they did against a great offense, so it was a playoff-type atmosphere last night and it was really great for our guys and they know that that was a great team that we faced," Nagy said. 

WBBM: Eddie Goldman earns a high-profile safety. One of three sacks on Jared Goff, who was also intercepted four times. Todd Gurley held the 28-yards rushing, so what kind of credit are you handing out to your defensive side of the ball, with that very loud home crowd behind them last night?

"That was awesome. The crowd was so great. They were great from start to finish and our players feed off of that. And our defense did that, just like you said, from the first quarter to the very end. We were able to get turnovers and played a little bit of the field position game and in the end, as a team, we did enough to win," Nagy said.

WBBM: 'Tis the season for Santa's Sleigh right? So that's what you are calling it - the touchdown with Bradley Sowell. What needed to happen for that play - Trubisky to your offensive lineman - to be successful?

"Well, the biggest thing, I felt the guys did a great job of getting on in there, first of all, declaring that they are eligible and that they are in the game...that's how you draw them up I guess," Nagy said.

WBBM: How are we judging Trubisky's return? Three interceptions, just the 16 of 30 passing, how are you measuring it?

"I want to give credit to the Rams' defense first of all, they had a good scheme yesterday and we were a little bit out of rhythm on our offense, but sometimes you have games like this, and I think it is going to be a great tool for all of us to learn from collectively. I like that our running game stepped up and I thought that our offensive line did well, so, Mitch is harder on himself than anybody, so we will all get together, wer will critique ourselves, including myself to see how we can get better," Nagy said.

WBBM: Anything interesting to watch on TV tonight? How do you plan on taking in Vikings v. Seahawks? 

"We'll let it happen as it may. It's nice when we can start controlling what we can control and let the chips fall as they do, but it'll be a big game tonight for both those teams. We will be focusing in on next week with the Packers, but it'll be a good game to watch," Nagy said.

WBBM: Is it okay to start thinking about the playoffs?

"I know the outsiders will do that, that's not where we are at," Nagy said. "Our guys know that. I've said that from day one, they understand that. That's one of the best parts about this team is that we just focus on each week, one week at a time. I love that about this team and I have no doubt in my mind that that's what we will do this week." 

The Bears take on the Green Bay Packers at home on Sunday at noon for Week 15.

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