Nagy Has No Regrets About Bears Not Running Out Clock In 1st Half, Which Led To Lions TD

"We wanted to keep that aggressive mentality," Nagy says.
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(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy decided to be aggressive late in the first of an eventual 27-23 win against the Lions on Sunday afternoon, and the choice backfired.

After the Bears got the football at their own 11-yard line with 1:05 remaining in the second quarter and the game tied, Nagy elected to try for a scoring drive with his struggling offense rather than run out the clock to halftime.

The Bears went three-and-out on a possession that featured two incompletions and lasted just 14 seconds. They punted the ball to the Lions, who with 40 seconds remaining drove four plays and 48 yards for a touchdown and a 13-6 lead. Detroit then opened the second half with another touchdown and led 20-6.

Though Nagy's aggressiveness worked against the Bears, it wouldn't stop him from doing it again.

"You always hate the result when (it backfires)," Nagy said Monday. "I would tell you, that same situation, this isn't being stubborn. It's a mentality that we have right now. There are things that go into it. You have to be smart. You can't be reckless with it. You have to be smart when you make that decision.

"We wanted to not just go run, run, pass, give them the ball, flip the field. We wanted to keep that aggressive mentality with some high-percentage throws."

The Bears' three-and-out consisted of a short pattern to running back Tarik Cohen that gained three yards, then two incompletions from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky -- one deep down the right side that missed receiver Anthony Miller, then a short pattern to receiver Javon Wims on third down that was broken up.

The play-calling was Nagy's attempt to remain aggressive while mindful of the situation. His main frustration was the Bears failed to flip the field on the Lions, leaving them only 48 yards to the end zone.

"What we’ve done is we’ve explained to our team as a whole, but especially to our defense, (is), ‘Hey, listen, we’re going to be attacking and aggressive, so if that does happen and we go three-and-out, go ahead and get the damn stop afterwards,'" Nagy said.

"At worst, give up a field goal -- at worst -- not a touchdown."

The Bears overcame their early hole by scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, pushing them to a stunning win in Detroit.

After the Bears' offense faltered for the first three quarters, Trubisky found his stride leading the group. He was 8-of-10 for 89 yards and three touchdowns in the final frame.

Nagy is now challenging Trubisky and the Bears offense to find consistency.

"Touchdowns, touchdowns, touchdowns," Nagy said. "You have to have touchdowns, and we did in the fourth quarter. But let's do it the right way. Let's start from the beginning. Let's not go three-and-out to start the game. Let's get a third down. Let's move the sticks.

"We're going to be very hard on everybody and making sure we hold everybody accountable at all times to do your job."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.