Night net null null The Bears went 0-for-11 in goal-to-go situations in the first half Sunday against the Chargers, punctuated by a failure to score a tou
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Bears coach Matt Nagy defends questionable play call that set up missed field goal to lose game

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Bears coach Matt Nagy defends questionable play call that set up missed field goal to lose game

Night net null null The Bears went 0-for-11 in goal-to-go situations in the first half Sunday against the Chargers, punctuated by a failure to score a touchdown despite two first-and-goal situations in the final minute of the second quarter. Even with a 9-7 lead, coach Matt Nagy's team was booed off the field as it trotted back to the locker room for halftime.The boos were understandably louder when the Bears trotted off the field following their 17-16 loss. Kicker Eddie Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired, giving Los Angeles its third victory of the season and dropping Chicago's record below .500 to 3-4. As was the case at the end of the first half, the Bears' play-calling — not the struggles of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky or even Pineiro's miss — was the target as the social media world bashed Nagy and his team.MORE: Why (and when) the Bears should trade for Cam Newton Trubisky, who committed two killer turnovers in the fourth quarter, somewhat redeemed himself when he got the Bears into field-goal range on their last possession in the final minute. After Trubisky picked up a key first down, the Chargers called a timeout with 43 seconds to play, and Nagy, with his team at LA's 21-yard line, decided his team was close enough.Trubisky on first down took a knee to set up a 41-yarder for a kicker who already had missed one field-goal attempt, a 33-yarder in the first quarter, in a game impacted by heavy winds in Chicago.As one might imagine, when Pineiro missed the kick and the Bears

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lost, Twitter let them have it.WHY WOULDN’T YOU USE THAT TIME TO GET CLOSER AND MAKE IT AN EASIER KICK? WHAT ARE WE EVEN DOING? TRASH. WOW.— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) October 27, 2019I just want to know why they don't try to get closer. Why?— Adam Rank (@adamrank) October 27, 2019Matt Nagy, why in the HECK would you take a knee when you’re still 41 yards away!! Run the ball and get closer. Those few yards made the difference!Also, #Bears need another kicker... again.— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) October 27, 2019I cannot believe the Bears are taking a knee and settling for the FG. It’s windy. Your kicker has missed once already. You have timeout.?????????— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 27, 2019Bears not trying to get the extra yards for a game-winning field goal. What could go wrong?— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 27, 2019Bears kicker erred; however, poor Nagy coaching on prior play made the try 2+ yds longer than necessary.— Tom Krasovic (@SDUTKrasovic) October 27, 2019At least Nagy and the Bears can blame their kicker again instead of self-examining the hundred other things that went wrong.— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) October 27, 2019If you’re kneeling to kick a 41-yard FG, you need to bench your quarterback immediately— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 27, 2019"I had zero thought of running the ball, taking the chance of fumbling the football," Nagy said after the game of the play call before the missed kick. "They know you're running the football, so you lose three-four yards. That wasn't even in our process as coaches to think about that."We were in field-goal range before the scramble, and then we got the scramble, so that didn't even cross my mind."Matt Nagy explains his decision to kick the potential game-winning field goal on second down, saying there was “zero thought” to a run or pass: “We’re wasting our time right now talking about it.”More: https://t.co/3Re0muXBPi pic.twitter.com/bEzcrzEa9u— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 27, 2019To put it frankly, the Bears had no business losing this game. They outgained the Chargers 388-231, outrushed them 162-36, won the time of possession battle 38:00-22:00, ran 35 more plays and picked up 26 first downs compared to LA's 11.But that one stat — red-zone efficiency — doomed Chicago. The Bears were 1-for-5 in that area Sunday.Chicago with the loss dropped to last place in the NFC North, as the Lions won Sunday to reach 3-3-1 and the Vikings won Thursday to reach 6-2. The Packers were scheduled to play the Chiefs on Sunday night.

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