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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
BBAO: Victory formation for Bears?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Let's consider one final angle of Monday night's game at Soldier Field before moving on to Week 4. Several times Tuesday, we discussed whether Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy should have allowed the Chicago Bears to score a touchdown with just under two minutes to play, conserving a timeout and enough time to mount a game-tying drive.

That question brings up another question, one posed by Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. Anticipating that possibility, should the Bears have simply taken a knee at the Packers' 9-yard line to prevent the potential implementation of that strategy? Or should they have told tailback Matt Forte to kneel if he thought he was about to cross the goal line?

I don't think too many people would have complained had that happened. But more than anything, I think you had two traditional and conventionally minded coaches running the game. It would have been surprising to see McCarthy or Bears coach Lovie Smith use unorthodox game-management strategies.

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