LAKE FOREST – Gaudy production from Josh McCown, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte over the past month isn’t translating into points, and after reviewing Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, Bears coach Marc Trestman expressed disappointment in his offense.
“The fact that our defense had three sacks early and we were not able to do anything with the field position was extremely disappointing,” he said Monday. “We didn’t finish our drives. We started off poorly on third down.”
The Bears scored at least 24 points in seven of their first eight games. They have yet to reach 24 points in each of their past four games. Points can come from sustained drives, and the offense has stalled in short yardage. They were 0 for 3 on third-and-1 Sunday.
“In our short yardage, certainly we had a second-and-1 and a third-and-1 that we didn’t convert, critical to maintaining possession,” Trestman said. “Very disappointed. We talked through all of those today and we’ll continue to work on trying to get better, especially coming off a fast start by our defense.”
On the season, the Bears are 5 for 12 in converting on third-and-1 situations, while opponents are 19 for 25.
“… To be up 20-10 in the fourth-quarter and not be able to finish the game in any phase of our football disappointed all of us amidst a lot of good play. It wasn’t good enough,” Trestman said.
A hair short: On the Vikings’ fourth-and-11 conversion late in the fourth quarter, the Bears had a blitz set up that didn’t get home.
“Another click and we would have gotten off just a split-second quicker, (Matt) Cassel would not have been able to deliver that ball,” Trestman said. “If you look at it on the coach’s copy, James [Anderson] was running right at him. He threw it around James.”
Trestman said Anderson got off the Vikings’ quick snap “just a click late.”
Praise for Peppers, Steltz: Trestman said Julius Peppers “probably [had] his best game. He was very disruptive.”
Peppers had eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in the loss.
On Craig Steltz, who started in place of Major Wright and had a team-high 12 tackles, Trestman said, “I felt we got a heck of a performance out of Craig. ... He wasn’t perfect – none of us were. But he really played well and had a good performance.”
Record attempt: A Hail Mary on the final play of regulation from midfield “was a possibility,” but Trestman elected to let Robbie Gould go for an NFL-record 66-yard field goal.
“It was worthwhile in the dome to let It go,” Trestman said.
Trestman was pleased with how the Bears covered Cordarrelle Patterson, who tried to return the missed field goal. As for Gould’s range, Trestman said, “I think Robbie feels he can make any kick. He went after it, and came close.”