It was my understanding that Chicago was one of the most loyal cities in America when it came to sports. I guess I was wrong.
Just like fans of the Chicago Bulls are proving their disloyalty to that team by saying they should rebuild without Derrick Rose (by the way, they should not), fans of the Chicago Bears are calling Marc Trestman into question and saying he is “coaching scared” after his decision to have almost always-reliable Robbie Gould kick a 47-yard field goal on second down with about nine seconds left in overtime. This gamble did not pay off, and the Bears put themselves in a 6-6 hole and in need of some help in order for them to make the playoffs.
Notice how I said the Bears put themselves in a hole?
They had multiple chances to win that game last Sunday against the lowly Minnesota Vikings. The defense blew a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter after it seemed the game was put away when Khaseem Greene intercepted Matt Cassel and returned it to midfield. You would think the offense could officially ice the game then, but fans were disappointed when Gould missed a field goal that led to overtime.
Yes, the Bears could have utilized Matt Forte to inch closer so Gould could have a better shot at a game-winner. At the same time, no one knows if something “unique”, as Trestman put it, would have happened to set the Bears back more yards. Given their roller coaster ride of a season so far, I would not have been surprised if that exact situation played out.
Chicago Bears fans wrong to blame Trestman
The only thing I have heard out of anyone’s mouth is how the fault should be placed on Trestman’s shoulders. Unless he suited up and went out there, he should not be blamed for that loss. If you want to blame anyone, blame the defense that is a shell of its former self with the injury to the leader of the defense, Lance Briggs. They continually struggle to hold leads on an almost consistent basis. Safety Chris Conte seems destined to be the poster boy for how not to play safety in the NFL, as his poor play has played a major role in the Bears’ defensive struggles.
All season, Trestman has been fearless in his decision to gamble. Going for it on fourth down on multiple occasions is just one example of the lack of fear the first-year coach has. No matter what anybody thinks, Trestman plays to win at any cost, and you have to respect that. Debate that all you want, but at the end of the day he seizes or make an attempt to seize the opportunity. It is the players who ultimately screw up and make the coach look bad. Criticism like this was bound to come for the rookie coach, so give him a break and chalk it up to the inability of the defense to close out the game. Have faith in your head coach; he still has a lot to learn but he has made this team (especially the offense) play with a lot more confidence and gusto.
The Bears now have to regroup and play for their playoff lives, and they will do so under the lights of Monday Night Football.