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Poles 'so proud of' Bears defense


General manager Ryan Poles spoke with Jeff Joniak Sunday on the Bears pregame radio show on ESPN 1000 AM and 100.3 HD2 FM.

Poles discussed the Bears defense's success over the last few games, especially since the addition of defensive end Montez Sweat. Since the star pass rusher's arrival Oct. 31, the defense is ranked fifth in passing yards per game, fifth in total yards per game and is tied for second in forced turnovers.

"I'm so proud of that unit," Poles said. "I knew it was going to come together at some point. I knew bringing in Montez was going to be a big deal. I talked about him being a multiplier. But not only did we get better in terms of making plays — sacks, turnovers — but there's a confidence level that the team's playing with right now. There's a grit to it. That was really the image two years ago when I got here, so it's really cool to see that come together."

On the offensive side, quarterback Justin Fields has continued making strides since he returned from a thumb injury he sustained Oct. 15. Poles has been pleased with the third-year pro's ascension and ability to finish the last two weeks.

"His ability just to have command and leadership has been really good, and then that playmaking ability," Poles said. "When we need a big play to be made, he's coming through for us, so that's really good to see. I think he's just becoming more efficient as a quarterback as well and that's gonna allow us to move the ball up and down the field and score points."

Listen to the full interview below.