(670 The Score) The Bears were surprisingly aggressive on fourth down during a 34-14 loss at the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, though they failed to convert on any of their four attempts.
Perhaps the most notable fourth-down attempt came with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Bears coach Matt Nagy decided to keep the offense on the field on fourth-and-15 at the Rams' 30-yard line. It didn't work out -- Andy Dalton's pass to Darnell Mooney fell incomplete -- and fans had plenty to say about the decision one way or another. On Monday, Nagy explained why he opted to keep kicker Cairo Santos on the sideline and go for it as his team trailed 27-14 at the time.
“That’s one of those situations where you could look at both sides of it," Nagy said. "And some of that goes into the game flow and how it’s going. At that point in time, I just felt like for us to be able to be more aggressive and get that first down and try to go in there and get a touchdown and make it closer, with it being where it was in the fourth quarter, with us needing two scores -- after you get a field goal, it’s still 10 points. And the way the game was going for us on the other side was probably more of leaning that way. If the game was a different situation and it wasn’t as high scoring, 10 or 15 points by the opponent, then maybe the field goal I would have went that route. I definitely have confidence in Cairo to make that field goal. But that’s just kind of where I was at the moment.”
Nagy added the Bears had a play they were comfortable running at that down and distance, and he hinted at the idea that Mooney may have been "rerouted" by a Rams defensive back "a yard or two" in front of the first-down marker. It was a tough way to end a night in which the results didn't reward the process, but Nagy stuck by his decision to go into the game with that aggressive of a mindset.
"Today this answer won’t sound good because we were 0-for-4, but it actually has to do the flip, it’s the confidence I had in our offense," Nagy said. "So that’s why. O-for-4 isn’t what we want, but we knew going into it,