Gould agonizes over third-quarter miss
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter October 20, 2013 7:22PM
Updated: October 20, 2013 9:32PM
LANDOVER, Md. — Losing quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t help and the Bears’ defense continues to be porous, but kicker Robbie Gould wants his share of the blame.
Gould missed his first field goal of the season — a 34-yard attempt that went wide right at 9:33 in the third quarter — in the Bears’ 45-41 loss against the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field.
“I don’t know. I hit a bad kick,” Gould said. “I missed it. They called it a miss, and so it’s a miss. I can’t do that. You never put a field goal like that that close. I just have to go down the middle.”
Theoretically, if the wild, high-scoring game continued in the same fashion, the Bears could have been within a field goal of winning and not a touchdown when they got the ball back in the final minute if Gould would have converted.
Gould, one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, seemed to have that in mind afterward.
He made a 49-yard field goal later in the fourth quarter and converted a 47-yarder in the first quarter. He is 12-for-13 this season.
“Obviously, [the miss is] a difference in the ballgame,” Gould said. “I can put this game on my shoulders because I’ve got to make those and the team is counting on me to make those. And I didn’t do my job today.”
Making his debut
Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic was credited with six tackles and two assists in his first NFL start.
But it still was disappointing.
“Obviously, [it was] not good enough,” Bostic said. “We didn’t come up with a ‘W.’ ”
With linebacker Lance Briggs leaving the game with a left shoulder injury in the third quarter, Bostic handled the defensive calls and played in the Bears’ nickel with veteran James Anderson.
“I think he did well,” Anderson said. “He did a good job controlling the chaos. He had to make calls at the end of the game, and for a young guy with no actual game experience, he did a good job.”
This and that
Linebacker and special-teams standout Blake Costanzo briefly left in the fourth quarter after cramping up.
Costanzo played on defense for the second consecutive game after Briggs was hurt. When Costanzo left, rookie linebacker Khaseem Greene notched his first defensive snaps this season.
◆ The Bears’ defensive line was filled out by defensive tackles Zach Minter and Landon Cohen and defensive end David Bass.
Bass tackled receiver Aldrick Robinson for an 11-yard loss on a reverse. Cohen had four total tackles.
◆ Punter Adam Podlesh had punts downed on the Redskins’ 1- and 6-yard lines in the first half.