Bears Coach Matt Nagy Talks Vikings Win, Strong Defense

George Ofman
November 19, 2018 - 8:01 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- No doubt about it now, the Bears really are serious about winning the NFC North.

Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and Chicago tightened its grip on the division with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.

Mack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense. And the Bears (7-3) took a big step toward its first division championship since 2010.

The Bears won their fourth in a row, their longest streak since a six-game run in 2012. Chicago finished 10-6 that year, missed the playoffs and fired coach Lovie Smith after that season.

The Monsters of the Midway simply dominated Minnesota on Sunday, taking out the defending division champions after beating three struggling teams — the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

WBBM Newsradio’s George Ofman spoke with Bears coach Matt Nagy following the victory over the Vikings.

WBBM: What an effort particularly by your defense - big plays and the biggest surely was Eddie Jackson's pick six right place, right time for him.

"It was and that was a big part of the game there. Our defense played great all game long, just constant pressure on that offense of theirs and that's a good offense that we face. To get that interception just at the right time and it really helped out in the long run," Nagy said.

WBBM: You mentioned your defense - Khalil Mack is just a big impact, particularly in the first half and Akiem Hicks was no slouch either. 

"No they are special players on that defense and they elevate everyone's game," Nagy said. "I think you have been seeing that all year long and our coaches did a good job at scheming some good things in the game and that's what it's all about is the cohesion of the players and the coaches and you saw that yesterday."

WBBM: What a crowd yesterday! Before the game, we had a shot of Joel Quenneville the ex-coach of the Blackhawks was there tailgating. A very, very enthusiastic group.

"That's a huge part of it, too and we can't thank those fans enough for coming out last night and being as loud and crazy as they were - such a benefit to the players. So last night they were a huge, huge part to that win and we just want to keep that thing going and just thank them for doing that," Nagy said.

WBBM: There was definitely some serious discussion, at least it looked that way, when it came to deciding whether to let Cody Parkey try that 48-yard field goal attempt in the last three minutes. Take us through that and how he rebounded from last week's surreal events.

"Well number one I am just so proud of him to come back and that shows you what kind of person he is and on top of that too, I thought what you can see is the bond that we have as a team and as a family of how happy everybody was when he made that kick and so that's a tough decision there to make at that position in the field, but we felt like we all trusted each other - you give your players opportunities to shine, Cody did that last night, along with everybody else on that field goal unit and that was a huge kick," Nagy said.

WBBM: Mitch Trubisky, very workmen-like, had a couple of mistakes, otherwise managed a pretty good game.

"Oh yeah, that defense that we saw yesterday is one of the best defenses in the NFL and they are breaking world records on third downs, so for our offense to be 50 percent on third downs yesterday - he made some great throws on third downs. The guys stepped up, made played when they needed to - overall great team win," Nagy said.

The Bears take on the Detroit Lions away on Thanksgiving morning on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for Week 12.

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