Earlier this year, Bears coach Marc Trestman said it’s important to be “accepting” and “non-judgmental” of players who speak their mind. I wonder if he feels that way about the kicker, too?
Robbie Gould, who has missed several games due to injury, has opened up about the decision to bench starting quarterback Jay Cutler for veteran journeyman (which may be an overstatement) Jimmy Clausen.
“I honestly don’t even know what the message is, to be honest with you,” Gould said Monday on WSCR’s The Spiegel and Mannelly Show. “I just think it’s been a long season. [Trestman started Clausen] to provide a spark for the team, is what he told us, and I wish Jay was out there playing.
“[Trestma] did address the team the next day and talked about what happened. He made a decision that he thought was best for the team. And listen, we lost again. That’s the bottom line. We’re in the business of winning football games and production, and we got to produce, and we got to win.
“I feel really bad for Jay. We’re you’re having a tough season like this, he’s not the guy to be the scapegoat or the guy to blame. There’s a lot of guys you can put that blame on.
“You could bench the whole team. It’s not like anybody’s really played fantastic or great. We’re 5-10 now. It’s not like Jay’s the problem. Jay’s not the issue.”
One of the issues is that plenty of players and staff members have been complaining. That’s not something Gould is used to.
“This whole season’s not the Bear way,” Gould said. “Pointing fingers, things getting out of the locker room — that’s not the Chicago Bear way. I think for me, being around the organization for 10 years, seeing guys like Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs who most likely have played or walked through the tunnel for the last time, it’s tough. Because we weren’t taught this way under Lovie [Smith]. We weren’t taught to do these sorts of things. We always stayed together, as close as we could.”
There’s a certain irony in Gould’s comments, since he has now become the latest player to behave in a way other than the Bear way, by talking openly about Trestman’s handling of the team. It underscores the need for change in Chicago, and significant change is likely only one game away.