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Lovie Smith knows he messed up not challenging

Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:49 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 7:02 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

With the Bears leading the Redskins 14-10 (in a game that they would ultimately lose 17-14), Earl Bennett caught a 48-yard pass that was just short of the end zone. Lovie Smith challenged the ruling on the field, believing it was a teeter, but the call was upheld.

On the very next play, Jay Cutler attempted to keep the ball and cross the goal line and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Washington's London Fletcher. Lovie decided not to challenge whether or not the ball crossed the plane of the end zone. Having since seen (probably just a couple ) replays that indicated Cutler scored, he now regrets that decision. Obviously. 

"Yes, I should have [thrown the challenge flag], looking at it of course in hindsight," Smith said. "Normally if there is a critical situation, I throw it whether I have a good look or not on it. Didn't have a great look on it. I understand the reason why, but that was a critical play in the game.

"I need to be able to make that call."

Perhaps less defensible than his call is his logic for not using the second challenge there -- Smith said he thought the Bears "were in control of the game" and that they would be able to "get the ball back right away."

That Chicago DID get the ball back quickly is irrelevant, considering that they were up just four point, and a touchdown would have given them a two score lead. Additionally, on the first play after getting the ball back, Jay Cutler threw an interception.

In fact, here's how the remaining possessions ended for the Bears: INT, INT (returned for a TD by Washington), Fumble, INT, Punt, INT. (I mean, just ... wow.)

Lest you want to give Lovie credit for not knowing his team would turn the ball over and/or not score much following the third quarter review folly, here's how their other drives went: Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, TD. They also returned a Donovan McNabb interception for a touchdown, but to state unequivocally that Chicago was "in control" of a game where they'd gone 1/7 on their drives to that point is just absurd.

And yes, it would have been a pretty big blow to lose their challenges that early in the third quarter. But his excuses -- didn't have a great look at it! -- are about as viable as him looking at the media, informing them that he's seven for 25 on challenges since 2008, and asking them what they expected.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:27 am

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Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:02 am

Did The Bears Have Anyone On The Goal Line

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p;     Did the Bears have anyone on the goal line that could say he was over so throw that challenge thing. The NFL had 1 guy on each side of the field that are paid to see if the ball reached the goal line. Why should you have to challege these guys to get their job right. How many calls were blown on Sunday. The stellers got their usual gift from the NFL that cost the fins. The Viks got challenged one and the clowns still blew it. Then the one like this one where the Viks SHOULD have. That if i can count right is 4 calls that were blown either on the field and not challenged or challenged and the guy in the replay booth with his seeing eye dog missed. It was loud. If the dog barks once its suppose to be reversed. Two barks mean the call on the field stand. If the blind man in the booth is drunk sometime he thinks he hears 1 bark but its really 2. The NFL is getting stupid.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:56 pm

Lovie Smith knows he messed up not challenging

We're missing the bigger picture you have a QB that's been sacked an unlimited amount of times. He's coming off of a concussion and you give him the ball on the goal line. He should gave the ball to Chester Taylor and been done with.  This has to be most clueless coaching staff. 

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:06 pm

Lovie Smith knows he messed up not challenging

Awesome another week down, and more drama across the board, whether it's Lovie Smith's decision not to challenge the fumble which ultimately cost him the game, or the blown call with the Vikings TD, the fact that Favre is "hurt" again, or the fact that Jay Cutler barely looks like a better option than Caleb Hanie so far this season. No matter where you look there is drama, and it seems almost knee deep for the NFC North.

If you are a qb in the North, and don't end your name with Rodgers you should be fearing for your job:
Jay Cutler has thrown 181 passes completed 111 for a 61.3% comp. rate, 7 tds, and 7 ints he's somehow been sacked 27 just 6 starts, yet his back-ups haven't gotten much better protection, and Hanie's stat line...5 for 7 and 77 yards looks far better than Cutler's.

Brett Favre can't keep it in his own teams' hands whether you're talking about his genitals, or the football. So much drama has encircled Favre this season I honestly don't see why the Vikings would cling to him as their qb despite his dismal play:he's completed just 58.9% of his passes thrown 7 tds, yet 10 ints, he's lost 4 fumbles, all while being sacked just 14 times. He isn't looking like much of an allstar qb this season, suprise suprise considering this is the same Favre who has 6 other seasons on his resume in which he threw more ints than tds. Including 4 of the last 6 seasons falling that category if he continues this season like this.

Matthew Stafford has played halfway decent for a 2nd year player, but has only appeared in 1 game. His back-up Shaun Hill broke his arm, and hasn't exactly lit up the scoreboard during his time while Stanton the 3rd string qb has played worst of all and the Lions are begining to wonder why they chose these two guys as their back-ups.

Where as Aaron Rodgers sits atop them all with 63.8% comp. rate, 12 tds, 9 ints, added another 127 yards and 3 tds running the ball. All while his team struggles to find a run game, and some defense against the run game.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:49 pm

Lovie Smith knows he messed up not challenging

By the way, I see Lovie is manning up to his mistake while Chilly is blaming the refs even though he could have had a Pack TD overturned and the She-ancoe non-TD becomes a non-favtor. Man up Chilly, but I doubt there's much chance of that. Its easier to blame the qb and refs, idn' it?

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:34 pm

Lovie Smith knows he messed up not challenging

and the Packers are the beneficiaries of two NFC North coaches blowing it by not challenging. Lovie? Meet Chilly. Chilly? Meet Lovie.

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:34 pm

Lovie Smith knows he messed up not challenging

Green Bay used two challenges in the 2nd quarter... and won the game.

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