Marc Trestman has been praised for his fearless style, but a far more conservative rookie coach was on display during the final possession of Sunday's killer overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Facing a second-and-7 from the Vikings' 30, Trestman sent out his field-goal team rather than attempt to move deeper into Minnesota territory.
"We made a collective decision that once we got (inside the 30), there was complete agreement and no discussion on the matter," Trestman said, via the Chicago Tribune. "We were second-and-7 and again, we were in the middle of the field well within Robbie's distance. And the decision is not anything that I regret. ... I don't regret that I have to take accountability for it. But I do."
"I didn't do it from an analytics standpoint," he added. "I did it from having been around Robbie the entire year. 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."
Is 47 yards within Gould's range? Of course it is -- you could say that for any kicker in the sport. But a closer look at Gould's stats confirms the obvious: He's better from closer. Gould has made 77 of 85 kicks from 30-to-39 yards, a conversion percentage of 91 percent. The success rate dips to 72 percent (65 of 90) in the 40-to-49-yard range.
The "analytics standpoint" should have been the move in this case.