Injured Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould offered a harsh review of Marc Trestman’s benching of Jay Cutler last week.
Speaking to Matt Spiegel and Patrick Mannelly on WSCR-AM radio Monday, Gould offered support of Cutler and confusion about Trestman’s plan.
“I honestly don’t even know what the message is,” Gould said of Cutler’s benching. “It’s been a long season, (Trestman) thought maybe it would provide a spark for us, that’s what he told us. I wish Jay was out there playing.
“… (Trestman) addressed the team the next day, talked about what happened and said he made a decision that he thought would help the team. And we lost again. That’s the bottom line.”
Gould then pointed his remarks even more directly.
“Jay’s not the problem, Jay is not the issue,” Gould continued. “It’s not the Bear way. This whole season is not the Bear way. Pointing fingers, things getting out of the locker room, that’s not the Chicago Bear way. And I think for me, being around an organization for 10 years, seeing guys like Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs, who most likely have walked through the tunnel the last time. It’s tough. We weren’t taught this way under Lovie.
“We weren’t taught to do these things, and we stayed together as close-knit as we possibly could. You don’t have to like everybody, you don’t need to like everybody. But you have to respect everybody and go to work for those people. It’s unfortunate for everyone because it’s not the Chicago Bear way.”
It’s hard to read those comments as anything but a criticism of Trestman. Gould doesn’t directly go after his second-year coach, but he doesn’t offer any support for him, either.
The Bears have never won fewer than seven games in Gould’s 10-year career.
“I’ve been 7-9, 3-6 and had a lot of fun,” Gould said. “Unfortunately, this is one that was filled with a lot of drama and it’s too bad because we had a lot of talent on this team, and I wish we hadn’t underachieved like we did. Because the fans deserve more, the organization deserves more, and every player in the locker room, to be honest with you, deserves more.”
Gould said he will probably miss the last game of the season with the same quadriceps injury that has kept him out of every game this month.