It appeared he had wasted a down and possibly even given Tennessee more time to come back with a field goal because there was still 1:25 left in the game. An incompletion and Anthony Thomas run for 4 yards led to a tying field goal, and the Titans did actually get a chance a game-winning field goal that was blocked.
"I thought it was the best thing to do," Krenzel said.
He couldn't understand what coaches were telling him in his helmet headset.
"There was something coming in my headset, but it was loud and I thought they might have been saying: clock, clock, clock. Let's stop the clock," Krenzel said. "We probably should have tried to run a play, a quick pass where we can throw the ball and get it incomplete or maybe get 4 or 5 yards."
Smith agreed with Krenzel's assessment.
"We could have handled it a little bit better," Smith said. "That's the truth of the matter."
Bears punter Brad Maynard experienced his best day punting after having his worst day against the Giants.
Maynard averaged 46.3 yards per 11 punts. He put four inside the 20, including the punt which set up the game-winning safety at the Titans' 9.
"Its that day when your driver's working," said Maynard, an avid golfer. "Your mishits aren't that bad and most of the time you're pure. And that's how it felt today."
He said he'd play it the same way again.
"In Cover-2, our safeties play aggressive and I was just playing aggressive," he said. "And we're not going to stop playing aggressive.
"It's part of the game. They're going to make plays, we're going to make plays."
David Terrell had two dropped passes and another that could have been labeled a drop. However, Terrell came up with the big fourth-and-two reception for 11 yards that let the Bears get in position for a go-ahead Paul Edinger field goal.
"It was a rough day," Terrell said. "I can't say it wasn't when I dropped two early balls. If I'm going to get one ball thrown to me or two balls thrown to me, I have to make the catch. There's no excuse for it."
Terrell said offensive coordinator Terry Shea pulled him aside during a timeout prior to the big catch.
"Coach came back to me in a crucial time and said, 'D.T., you're our guy."
The Bears' defense continued playing well against the run, holding Naperville's Chris Brown to 62 yards on 20 carries. The Titans had only 72 yards rushing.
They got Brown to cough the ball up twice, too, and last week had noted he carried the ball high, which makes for a good target.
"That's what we're taught to do," linebacker Lance Briggs said about going after the ball. "It's definitely something we've wanted to do all year long."
John Gilmore left the game with a chin laceration, but the backup tight end returned later. . . . Defensive back Alfonso Marshall suffered a knee sprain and was taken away on a cart. . . . Guard Rex Tucker left the game in the second quarter but was not injured. He was replaced by guard Steve Edwards after ineffective play.