Coaches are often put in difficult positions, where a decision they make can be interpreted as bold or dumb, based on the outcome.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton made several such decisions in the Super Bowl victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Granted it's on a much smaller scale, Bears coach Lovie Smith passed up a field goal from the Detroit Lions' 1-yard line after three consecutive plays failed to cross the goal line. The chip shot from Robbie Gould would have given the Bears a 16-14 lead with just under nine minutes remaining. Besides, backup Lions quarterback Shaun Hill had accomplished next to nothing up to that point.
But Smith said he was confident in his defense, and he believed his offense could punch the ball in. On fourth down, running back Matt Forte was stonewalled again, and the Bears turned the ball over on downs.
So has his mindset changed, after a night of sleep?
"Same way. Like we talked about yesterday, in these few hours in between, nothing has changed. Still feel good about it," Smith said, citing the play of the defense.
"I went for it, because I thought we could get it. And we needed to get a touchdown."
Smith rationalized that a touchdown would have prevented the Lions from being able to kick a field goal to win the game at the end.
"Felt good about it going for it then and feel good about it now," he said. "Get in those situations, probably do the same thing again.
Bears center Olin Kreutz said that series was a humbling one for the offensive line, noting the Lions "kicked our (butt)."
"Down there, you just got to go one on one with your guy, and get under him. It's really a battle of wills on the goal line," he said. "Your coach can't really help you down there. There's no many things you can do. Just line up and get half a yard."
Kreutz added, "Can you win in the NFL if you're getting beat at the one yard line? No."
Other highlights from Smith's press conference today:
Smith on the game: "Big win for us yesterday. We're 1-0. I feel like the best team won the game yesterday. Detroit played hard throughout. In those kind of games you expect in the NFC North, games that go right down to the end."
Smith on if he likes the rule on Calvin Johnson play: "I like all the rules that we agreed on as the National Football League, we all agreed on those rules. We've been on the other side of that rule before. So to me, you can't really get too caught up into those kinds of things. They go both ways. You have rules, you go by them. The officials, you know, they make calls based on that; cut and dry."
* Smith said the Bears need to improve the red zone efficiency.
* Smith on the defense: "Getting the three takeaways, that's our goal each week. I think we had eight three-and-outs, so you had to be pleased with that. Late in the game, though, you need to make a play to keep us out of that situation. When you play dominating ball like that, you can't let it come down until the end."
* Smith on the Cowboys: "Overall, they moved the ball. Had a lot of yardage. Some critical mistakes really hurt them, right up until that last play of the game. Defensively, I thought they played well throughout."
* Smith on Major Wright: "He was in there on the last one and the third series, also. The plan was to get him in by about the third series. You know, some positions on our football team, we rotate players. Safety, we went into the game, thinking safety was one. We thought all three of those players could play winning football for us. Still feel the same way about them."