Bears coach John Fox defends decision to punt on fourth down

What did the four-win Bears have to lose facing a fourth-and-1 from their own 45? Coach John Fox has an answer. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

DETROIT -- Chicago Bears coach John Fox's decision to punt on fourth-and-1 from the team's 45-yard line on Saturday caused a stir amongst Windy City sports fans.

At 4-10 (the Bears were still 4-9 when Fox elected to kick on fourth down) the season is virtually over. Why not just go for it? What do you have to lose?

"Yeah, you do got something to lose, that's called field position," Fox said after the Bears fell 20-10 to the Lions. "We failed to have that much of the day, largely to some of our inability to move the ball, in particularly the first half. I think, sure, you can go for that, but it can bite you too."

There's no denying the Bears had trouble moving the ball. Chicago went to the halftime locker room with only five first downs and 90 total yards.

Still, showing a little faith in your offense to pick up 1 yard isn't a bad thing. The Bears do have Jordan Howard, who's rushed for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

On cue, the Lions marched 92 yards on 10 plays and scored a touchdown immediately after Fox attempted to play it safe.