Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s start with why this grade is not an F.
Marc Trestman again did an exceptional job calling plays for the Bears. The offense racked up 480 total yards, a number that last year would have been unheard-of. And he did this with a backup quarterback at the helm. The job he’s done with this offense cannot be overstated.
Now for the not-so-good part.
For the second time in three weeks, Trestman made a poor decision near the end of the game. Against Baltimore, he did this. This time around, he decided to kick a 47-yard field goal to try to win the game.
On second down.
On a drive during which Forte had just run five times for 24 yards.
In a game in which his offense had accumulated 480 total yards and one of his receivers had tallied 249 yards.
Trestman, via Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, had this to say of the decision:
We were definitely in range and I didn't want to risk a possible penalty that would set us back, similar to what happened on the other side, or a fumble of some kind ... something 'unique.' I felt we were clearly within range and could get the game over with at that time.
We've got one of the best field-goal kickers in the league and unfortunately we didn't get it done. Robbie didn't lose the game for us; there's a lot of different ways to lose the game. ... I just feel bad for him that we didn't get it done.
I love the confidence in Gould. But confidence shouldn't preclude good judgment.
Hopefully at some point someone probes the decision further, citing the most basic of kicking statistics: In his career, Robbie Gould hits 90.5 percent of the time from 30-39 yards and 72.7 percent of the time from 40-49 yards.
If I'm the coach, I'm getting my clutch kicker just a little bit closer. Especially in a game when you 100 percent need to win.