Postgame Q&A: DT Colin Cole

The big guy breaks down the Packers' defensive effort on Sunday and his sideline collision with the Bears' Devin Hester.

After the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 37-3 on Sunday, defensive tackle Colin Cole enjoyed a bit of a tongue-in-cheek exchange with reporters.

How proud are you of the way this defense played? Did you ever think they wouldn't score a touchdown?
"You know, that's what our goal is every week. Unfortunately, we don't always live true to those goals, but at the same time, you've got games like this, where everything's clicking, everybody is able to do what they do best."

How important was it to get that winning feeling back in this locker room?
"It's awesome. It's awesome. We needed that. If we want to make a push to the playoffs, we have to beat teams in our division. Chicago (was) ahead in the division. To get them and beat them the way that we did today, it's definitely going to bode well for us going into next week's game and the weeks coming up."

What happened with Devin Hester, when you were called for unnecessary roughness during a sideline collision?
"I don't know. I don't know. I think what it was is they saw a little guy running to the sideline, and when they saw that this little guy came to an abrupt call and they saw somebody around him – namely, me – I guess they felt like it was too abrupt of a halt all of a sudden."

Did you think it was a good flag or a bad flag?
"Of course, I'm going to say I think it was a bad flag. He was coming out of bounds and at the last minute, I noticed he was going to run into me, so I was just defending myself. He ran into me and he fell backward. I don't know what they expect to happen."

That's all part of this rivalry, huh?
"No, no, no, no. He just ran into me and he just fell backward. I mean, there were a bunch of guys around me and behind me. It wasn't like I could jump out of the way. If I would have jumped to the side, I could have stepped on somebody. He could have ran into somebody who was a little bit older than I am and caused somebody harm or something like that. It's best that I took it on and didn't let anybody behind me get into any danger."

He's like 5-foot-8 and about 185 ...
"I'm 6-2, 325 pounds. I was just standing there. I was just standing there and he ran into me. That's what I'm sticking to. That's the way I felt about it."

How did the defense stop the run so well after a couple of poor performances?
"We performed the way we were supposed to perform. We played the way we're supposed to play every game. The fact that we were able to get out ahead and force them to pass the ball made it a lot easier for us to take away their run."

Are you in the driver's seat now with a three-way tie for first place and the way you played today?
"I definitely think we control our destiny right now. We have another opportunity to play Chicago at the end of the year and we've got another opportunity against Detroit, and if we can win both of those games, I think we're definitely in the driver's seat. There's no reason why we can't make it to the playoffs if we can play both of those teams tough again, as well as the rest of the games we have for the year."

Bill Huber is the Lead Analyst for Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com.


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