Bears: Cutler defends Trestman's FG call on second down

Bears: Cutler defends Trestman's FG call on second down
December 2, 2013, 6:00 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

On second-and-7 at the Vikings 29-yard line, Marc Trestman sent out Robbie Gould to attempt a 47-yard field goal to end the game in overtime for the Bears.

The kick was wide right, and it's created a buzz whether Trestman made the wrong decision in going for the field goal that early.

Jay Cutler isn't one of the guys doubting the head coach's call.

"I think everyone in this little cubicle room that we're in right now thought that (Robbie Gould) was going to make the kick," Cutler said during his weekly radio show on ESPN 1000 on Monday. "He's made them time after time after time. I'm not saying it's Robbie's fault that we lost, because that's far, far, far from the truth.

"(Minnesota) had been knocked out of decent field goal range with their penalty. We've had some weird penalties all day that kind of knocked us back a little bit so we (felt) good about the situation we were in to kick it right there. We would have ran the ball again and gotten two or three more yards so it would have been still a 40-something kick. It is what it is."

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Many argue the Bears could've picked up a couple more yards to get closer for Gould to convert. But the Bears quarterback said it also could've gone the other way.

"Or we could've gone back two yards, and it would have been a 50-plus kick," Cutler said. "You can't play that game. You're playing the 'what ifs' after the fact, and I'm not gonna get involved in that."

Cutler vehemently stood behind his head coach's decision and said players and coaches on the sidelines were on board as well. But he also admits the Bears shouldn't have even been in that position in the first place.

"I stick by the call. I like the call ... We're all behind the call," Cutler said. "Offensively, defensively, special teams, I know the guys in the locker room feel like we shouldn't even have been in that situation. We should've won the game before that."

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Gould was emotional following the loss after flying to Minnesota hours after his wife delivered their baby. The Bears kicker placed the burden on himself, something Cutler can sympathize with.

"You gotta feel for him," he said. "I've been in situations where I've felt like I've lost the game. I know what he's going through, but he's a (veteran). He's gonna bounce back, and if he gets a chance on Monday night (vs. Dallas) to win the game, he's gonna make the kick for us."

The Bears slipped to 6-6 on the season and have seen their playoff chances diminish quickly. But Cutler says they can't look that far ahead.

"We don't. You can't," he said, whose status is unknown for the Bears' next game against the Cowboys. "We've got to look at Dallas and just concentrate everything on Dallas and whatever happens after that game, we'll take that next stride, but you can't start guessing ... you can't live in that world."