But then Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who earlier clobbered McCown and drew a roughness penalty that moved the Bears on the last drive, stuffed Forte after beating Roberto Garza.
And so, the Bears lost a shot at first place in the NFC North in losing to the dumbest football team in the league thanks in part to some curious decisions by the head coach.
*Trestman went for it on fourth-and-1 again instead of trying a 45-yard field goal that would’ve given the Bears a 10-7 lead.
*Why not run Forte more?
*Why not run off the edge on that second two-point attempt when the Lions had stuffed the middle most of the game?
But nothing mattered like the decision early in the week to start Cutler and the decision to stick with him.
“I didn’t want to take him out as long as he felt he could do the job,’’ Trestman said.
Cutler’s tough. We get it. But save the player from his own stubbornness. Save the team and the game. If starting Cutler seemed to be a decision that worked early, then staying with him obviously was not.
For a guy who knows so much about quarterbacks, Trestman didn’t know he needed another one to start the second half -- or at least the fourth quarter.
The Bears said the doctors OK’d Cutler to play, but there could be no way to mimic in practice the game-action required to avoid the Lions’ pressure up the middle. Ultimately, that was the difference. Cutler couldn’t be Cutler. Geez, he couldn’t even be Caleb Hanie.
Trestman has made many great decisions to put the Bears in position to win games this season. On Sunday, he made one that cost his team exactly that.