Matt Nagy met with Bears defense in attempt to clarify critical comments

Nagy called out the Bears' defensive performance in a 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
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(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy spoke with emotion Monday morning when discussing how his team was embarrassed in a 41-25 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field the night prior.

Nagy called out his team's lack of "personal pride," pointing to the defense in particular. A unit that ranks as one of the NFL's best allowed 393 yards to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his Packers offense as the Bears fell into a 27-3 hole in the second quarter and never recovered.

The game grew so bad for the Bears' defense that NBC analyst Tony Dungy suggested the group has given up.

"That's not who our defense is," Nagy said Monday. "And our guys, they need to understand where we're coming from with that and how we feed off of them as a defense. They've done a hell of a job all year long, but yesterday was not where we need to be.

"There's some personal pride here involved in moving forward, and that's not who we are in particular as a defense."

After that harsh critique, Nagy felt his comments to the media could cause a stir with the defense, so he went into its meeting room and attempted to clarify what he said. Nagy told his defensive players he has their back.

"He let us know it wasn't a finger-pointing session," safety Tashaun Gipson said Thursday. "For it to be that, we would've been caught off guard. He let us know that it wasn't a finger-pointing session, it was just him talking about the game, frustrations and things like that. Make no mistake about it, he still believes in everything we can do as a defense. It wasn't personal.

"He got in front of it just in case there was anybody who had any ill will towards the comments."

Nagy's comments drew some external criticism given that the Bears' offense he oversees ranks 29th in scoring and 31st in yardage. Chicago's defense ranks eighth in scoring and 13th in yardage.

The Bears (5-6) host the Lions (4-7) on Sunday at Soldier Field, where they'll look to snap a five-game losing streak.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.