The Tampa Bay Vipers were not doing too swell in their inaugural game against the New York Guardians Sunday afternoon.
Quarterback Aaron Murray was a mistake waiting to happen. Despite this, head coach Marc Trestman decided to keep him in the game.
Down 17-0 late in the third quarter, Trestman decided to kick a field goal rather than go for a touchdown. It’s pretty crazy in that it was still just a two-score game. Remember, XFL rules enable teams to go for three points after the touchdown. That would have pulled the game to within 17-9.
Needless to say, the football world had some pretty hilarious reactions to the former Chicago Bears head coach living up to his reputation.
Vipers, down 17-0 to Guardians late in third quarter, opt for a field goal on fourth and goal. With ability to go for 3 after TDs in XFL, it’s a two-score game either way. Now 17-3 …— Greg Auman (@gregauman) February 9, 2020
Trestman, down by 17, is kicking a FG from the 5. Huh? Talk radio will be on fire in Tampa. Still a two-possession game at 17-3. #XFLfootball— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) February 9, 2020
Marc Trestman just turned a two-possession game into a two-possession game. Don't tell me the XFL isn't real football.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) February 9, 2020
How many Bears fans laughed at a Marc Trestman XFL offense have a 16-play drive and settle for 3 points— Buck Reising (@BuckReising) February 9, 2020
Marc Trestman hasn’t lost his fastball! Just turned a two score game into a two score game with the field goal.— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) February 9, 2020
Coach Marc Trestman goes for FG on 4th and goal, not TD. Next commercial break the TV crew interviews the coach during the action and ask him why? I love that.— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) February 9, 2020
Marc Trashman, I mean, Trestman is arguably the worst thing to ever happen to the Bears.— NJBearsFan ⬇️ (@NJBearsFan) February 9, 2020