Bears Coach Matt Nagy Discusses Giants OT Loss, Quarterback Status

Josh Liss
December 03, 2018 - 7:54 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Aldrick Rosas kicked a 44-yard field goal in overtime and the New York Giants beat NFC North-leading Chicago 30-27 Sunday, snapping the Bears' five-game winning streak.

The Giants (4-8) blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:13 of regulation. They didn't nail down the win until Janoris Jenkins knocked away a deep fourth-down pass to Taylor Gabriel after quarterback Chase Daniel fumbled on consecutive plays on the rainy afternoon to set up a fourth-and-8.

Chicago (8-4) forced overtime by getting a 21-yard field goal by Cody Parkey and a 1-yard touchdown pass from halfback Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller as time expired in the fourth quarter. The trick-play touchdown was set up by a recovered onside kick by Daniel Brown on a play Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not dive for the loose ball. Then came a questionable pass interference call in the end zone against cornerback B.W. Webb with :03 to go.

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

WBBM: What do you think this one came down to, how are you characterizing that back and forth contest?

"Well it came down to turnovers. We lost the turnover battle, which you like to try to win that and in the end we just did not make enough plays and do enough," Nagy said. "Credit for Giants for playing well, but the one thing is, I was really happy with our guys just battling the entire game until the very end, never giving up and I think that speaks volumes of who we are."

WBBM: They are playing like winners, even though they did not pull it out. New York skill guys - you got Saquon Barkley, that long run, set up the winning field goal, Odell Beckham throwing and catching third quarter TDs, those guys got the best of you. And from the second guessing department, coach, why not the two-point conversion attempt for the win at the end of regulation? You end up kicking for the extra point for the tie.

"Well that's an easy question. Anyone can say that. That wasn't in our thoughts, we knew we were going to kick the extra point and that's the 20-20 game, the hindsight's 20-20. That's not something we are too focused on. Our guys did a good job of making that game go to overtime and we gave ourselves a chance to win there," Nagy said.

WBBM: Looks like we have seen the best and worst of of Chase Daniel. A couple of up and down games at quarterback. How are you rating his fill-in duty and the chance that you'll get Mitchell Trubisky back this week?

"Well I think you heard Chase say yesterday, he felt like he could have done a better job protecting the football and I think that says who he is of being able to admit that, but we love who Chase is and he's done great things with us and we will continue to do that," Nagy said. "It was just one of those games, we win as a team, we lose as a team."

WBBM: How confident are you that you'll get your top quarterback, at least back to practice this week?

"We feel good about it. Again we are going to continue to take it day by day. I think he is feeling better each day, so we are going to do what's best for him, do what's best for our team, and we will see," Nagy said.

WBBM: Akiem Hicks looks like William Perry on his one-yard touchdown plunge. What's the inspiration in handing off to your big D tackle on the goal line? 

"We've had that play in now a couple different weeks. We felt like it was a good time to bring it out in that situation. It was starting to rain a little bit and the ball was getting slick, so why not hand it off and let the big guy go in there and do his thing? And that's what he did and the offensive line did a good job with protecting it," Nagy said.

WBBM: And what do you call that play?

"That's the Freezer Left," Nagy said.

WBBM: That puts a smile on your face, but what might put a frown on your face - one of your former coaches was let go, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay. You have the Packers in a couple weeks. What do you think about that after 13 seasons, McCarthy out?

"That's tough and like you said, this is a coaching fraternity and you never like to see that, regardless of who it is and where they are from and it's tough. It's a tough decision...but I wish him the best. I know he's a good human being, good person and you hate to see that. 

The Bears take on the Los Angeles Rams at home on Sunday at noon for Week 14.

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