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Trestman not backing away from field goal decision

December 3rd, 2013

By ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — A day later, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman wasn’t backing down.

He insisted he made the ideal move when he decided to go for any winning field goal on a 2nd down in overtime at Mn on Sunday even if the decision did not pan out.

Trestman called on Robbie Gould for a 47-yarder that sailed wide right rather than run another play or two, and the Bears suffered a crushing 23-20 loss. Trestman acknowledged he 2nd guesses himself “a lot afterward. ”

“I want to be perfect for the people, ” he said. “And whenever things don’t work, I keep myself accountable for it because I am making every decision in the greatest interest. ”

He was adamant: Opting for the field goal was the right call at that moment, that the decision did not gasoline any second guessing in his mind.

“It does not. It really does not, inch he said.

The Bears are usually in a tough spot trailing Detroit by a game in the NFC North at 6-6, with the Lions holding the head-to-head sweep and their photo at a wild card looking regarding as long as the 66-yard attempt Gould missed at the end of regulation.

They’ve fallen six of nine, with a Monday night matchup against Dallas up next, and it’s not clear if the wounded Jay Cutler (high left ankle joint sprain) and Lance Briggs (shoulder) will return.

Trestman did not eliminate either player but would not say if they will practice on Thurs. Cutler hopes to return against the Cowboys but was noncommittal during his weekly appearance on Chicago’s WMVP-AM one thousand.

On Monday, the big topic of discussion was the decision to turn to Gould rather than try to shorten the length.

The Bears were moving the ball after Minnesota’s Blair Walsh had a 39-yard field goal worn out by a holding penalty and missed a 57-yarder.

Chicago took over at its 47. Matt Forte went for 24 yards over the next five plays to put the basketball on the 29, and that’s where Trestman decided it was time to end this particular thing.

So he called on Gould, one of the most accurate kickers in league history, but the plan backfired.

Minnesota went the other way for a winning 34-yard field goal by Walsh that dealt a serious blow to Chicago’s playoff hopes and sparked a discussion about Trestman’s decision.

The reason why didn’t he call at least an additional play to try to get closer, particularly given how the offense has moved this season and the defense has struggled?

Trestman said the ball was in the center of the field, the kick was within Gould’s range and he didn’t want to risk a penalty or a fumble.

But is the angle of the kick that important in a dome, where there is wind?

Something else to consider: Although Gould is 6 of 7 on attempts from the 40 to the forty-nine this season, he’s just 72. 2 percent from that range in his career.

By comparison, he’s converted ninety. 6 percent on attempts through the 30 to 39.

“I didn’t do it from an analytics standpoint, ” Trestman said. “I did it from having been around Robbie all seasons and knowing how he kicks the ball and watching him kick in practice. I had no doubt that he was going to make the kick. You could say that regarding any kick. But there was not analytics involved as much as there was, we’re clearly in his range. We’re in the center of the field. We don’t know what’s going to happen on the next play, but it includes a chance of not being in the middle of area. I thought that was well worth the risk. inch

He did not consider the possibility of exhaustion playing a role in the miss, along with Gould playing just hours following the birth of his son.

The decision to attempt a field goal also went against the grain of a coach who’s been ready to gamble. Trestman’s gone for it on fourth down several times this season, System.Drawing.Bitmap key fourth-and-1 conversion that helped seal a win at Green Bay.

“Every decision to do the things that we do, are based on this online game, ” Trestman said. “So I actually didn’t call on other experiences in other weeks, other than to make the decision that was best for our team yesterday. ”

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