Trestman feeling heat over missed kick

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  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 6:47 AM

Sunday’s 23-20 Vikings overtime victory over the Bears had so many twists and turns that many things might eventually be forgotten about it.

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northstars91Dec. 3, 1312:06 AM

I couldn't believe Chicago was going to kick a field goal ON SECOND DOWN! Please kick away!!! And then the Vikings called TIME OUT which I was worried that Chicago might reconsider and try to gain more yards, considering how well they were moving the ball, but they didn't thankfully!

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petesakesDec. 3, 13 7:22 AM

big deal! its not like he had 12 men on the field during a NFC championship game,or lose 41-0 or take a knee to lose in overtime.

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pulitokoDec. 3, 13 8:26 AM

FIRED!!! just like Frazier

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scoot54Dec. 3, 13 9:33 AM

...or he could have run one more play and lost 4-6 yards like the Vikes did with Adrian, and then have to try a 50+ yarder.

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jackpinesavDec. 3, 13 9:41 AM

Trestman is an excellent coach; he made a human error and is owning up to it. Like Dungy and Tomlin, Trestman was passed on by Vikes and they will regret it. Too many couch sitters in America's new religion, football.

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djtetDec. 3, 13 9:46 AM

I'd still take Marc T. over Frazier. (O-R-I-O-L-E-S!)

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gadflyDec. 3, 1310:07 AM

jackpinesav Dec. 3, 13 9:41 AM "Trestman is an excellent coach; he made a human error and is owning up to it. " How can you say he's owning up to it when he won't even admit that it was a mistake?

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gadflyDec. 3, 1310:18 AM

It was a bad decision, but not because it was second down. It was a bad decision because it was a 47-yard attempt. The logic behind kicking a game-winning FG on 3rd instead of 4th down is that if you have bad snap or the holder mishandles it, you get another shot, but that second chance comes from wherever the botched play ends, which will usually be several yards further back. So if the original try was from (say) 37 yards, the second attempt would probably be from 42-45, which should still be automatic for any NFL caliber kicker indoors. But Trestman elected to try the initial kick from 47, meaning the second try would have been from well over 50, which is not an automatic make for anyone (not even Walsh).

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keepinupDec. 3, 1310:29 AM

Say anything you want, but would you rather have Frazier or Trestman as the Head Coach? I guarantee that Trestman wouldn't keep sending Ponder out there. If Trestman knows anything, it's QB play. I just wish he was here to pick a QB in the draft. I'm convinced that Spielman and Frazier will screw up the pick.

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zatawayDec. 3, 1311:05 AM

Trestman, like Lovie, like Frazier all play "not to lose." His decision to kick on 2nd down is just one piece of the bigger problem. It sends a message to everyone that "we're not good enough to make a good play in an important situation," Earlier, with 2+ mins left and the ball on the Vikes 40 he chose to punt rather than be aggressive, pick up a 1st down which would have ended the game. Instead, the Vikes get the ball, drive down, and send it to OT. It's THE SAME mentality as Frazier in the Bears game in Chicago. He takes a TO, then runs AP up the middle and settle for a FG rather than going for 6. What happens? The Bears march down and score to win the game. Overall, I want a coach that says "We're going for it. We're here to win. And if we can't pick up a first down, or gain a few yards on 2nd down, then maybe we're not a good team, and I'm not a good coach!"

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