Bears take exception to Tony Dungy's remark that they gave up against Packers

"I'll fight anybody tooth and nail on that," defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano says.

(670 The Score) NBC analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy called it like he had just seen it Sunday night.

Late in the third quarter of the Bears' 41-25 loss to the Packers, Green Bay running back Jamaal Williams powered through the middle of Chicago's defense for a 13-yard touchdown run.

"This is just poor tackling, and this is the Bears defense basically giving up," Dungy said.

The Bears didn't appreciate Dungy's remark. Though it was an uncharacteristic performance from their defense -- the group allowed 393 yards and couldn't contain Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers or running back Aaron Jones -- the Bears denied what Dungy said.

"Our guys never give up," Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said Thursday. "I’ll fight anybody tooth and nail on that. And I love Tony. I have great respect for Tony.

"Our guys don’t ever quit. They would never give up."

Bears coach Matt Nagy disagreed with Dungy's comment in the immediate aftermath of the loss Sunday after it was raised to his attention by a reporter. For his part, veteran safety Tashaun Gipson felt Dungy's comments were out of line.

"That's unfortunate for somebody to put that out there on us," Gipson said.

"When you talk about quitting, that's an effort, that's a pride thing."

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