Bears coach Marc Trestman says there are no rifts within his team, despite reports of screaming matches in the locker room after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.
“This is a very close football team,” Trestman said. “A lot of things can go on because people handle winning and losing differently, and we’re not judgmental about players expressing themselves.”
Asked specifically about receiver Brandon Marshall calling out quarterback Jay Cutler, Trestman said there’s “brotherly love” between Marshall and Cutler and that the two of them are fine, as are the rest of the guys in the locker room.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who I think are very close and like each other,” Trestman said.
Trestman said he’s fine with different players expressing themselves differently and that he welcomes passionate players.
“We have to always be accepting of how people express themselves after the game because they’re coming down from a week of working hard and building their emotions and passions for the game,” he said. “We have to be accepting and not judgmental, and let it pass.”
Ultimately, what the Bears really need to do to avoid players screaming at each other after a loss is to quit losing. With the next two games at New England and at Green Bay, that won’t be easy.