Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace dislikes this decision by Matt Nagy
Matt Nagy not confident in his decision as the Chicago Bears lose to Packers
Nagy admitted he should’ve gone for it during his Monday press conference.
“When they go on that long drive and they take up the clock and score, you wish you would’ve went for it,” Nagy said. “That’s the part that you look back as a coach and you say, ‘Damn, that would’ve been a time to do that.’”
As expected, this isn’t the only time Nagy has had to make a tough decision on a fourth-and-short situation. On the year, the Bears are 9 of 19 on fourth down, a 47.4% conversion rate, which is 21st in the league. In fourth-and-short situations (1 to 3 yards), the Bears are 4 of 7.
Here is one time Nagy has gone for it and another time when he elected to punt.
Week 6: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay
With Chicago at 3-3 and coming off their first road win of the season against Las Vegas, the Bears had their next challenge with the 5-1 Packers coming to Soldier Field.
In that first meeting, Nagy showed a little more aggressiveness at this point in the season. The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drive and the defense forced a three-and-out on the next possession.
On the Bears’ second possession, now up 7-0, Justin Fields dove on third-and-5 up the middle to set up a fourth-and-1 from Chicago’s own 49-yard line. The Bears then go to their hurry-up offense and Fields handed the ball off to Khalil Herbert. Packers safety Adrian Amos met Herbert at the line of scrimmage but Herbert spun to convert the chains.
Packers safety Darnell Savage did intercept Fields in the end zone to end that drive. Fields and center Sam Mustipher thought nose tackle Kenny Clark jumped offsides, so they thought they had a free play.
Aaron Rodgers capitalized on the mistake and went on a 12-play drive that ended in a touchdown. Green Bay scored 17 unanswered points in their 24-14 victory.