Seahawks could be paying for kicking decision

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

All Brandon Coutu did for the Seahawks was make field-goal tries during the last two exhibition seasons.

Olindo Mare won the kicking job on the strength of superior kickoffs, but that isn't doing the Seahawks much good now that Mare has missed a 34-yard try with Seattle trailing the Bears, 14-13, in the third quarter Sunday. Mare has missed twice in this game.

Coutu made all seven field-goal tries during the 2008 exhibition season. He made 4 of 5 tries this past summer, with the lone miss coming in tough conditions at Kansas City.

Mare made 5 of 8 tries over the past two exhibition seasons. He made 24 of 27 during the 2008 regular season.