Whether Lovie Smith should've taken a knee or run the ball to milk the clock late in the Bears 20-17 win over the Packers has been debated here. Taking a knee is the safer play. Losing some yardage so kicker Robbie Gould wouldn't have had such a sharp angle on the game-winning attempt might also have been adventageous.
Given the Bears problems on the goal-line, however, problems that continued on Monday night, I would've done the same thing. If Matt Forte could've punched it in it would've made a statement that this offense needs to make. The unit has been explosive at times but impotent on the goal line. Sometimes one play can reverse that kind of negative trend.
Plus, I like the idea of attacking at all opportunities. It creates a mentality that can be infectious. There's nothing worse than watching a coach whose game plan is to try not to lose. We've seen that strategy a lot in Chicago. That's why I'm not even critical of Jay Cutler's attempted pass to Desmond Clark on fourth-and-goal from the 1. If there's one thing I always respected about Martz's offense it was his ability to get people open in the red zone. There's nothing wrong with calling a pass down there, just like there's nothing wrong with going for it --- as long as you make it.
I remember covering a Raiders-Buccaneers game in Tampa Stadium in 1995, by the way. The Raiders had the ball near the goal line, took a knee three times to milk the clock and then sent their kicker out for a can't-miss field goal. Not only did he miss but he missed the net! True story. Raiders lost. Worst kick I've ever seen.