Marc Trestman: We’re Not Judgmental About Players Expressing Themselves

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 | 0

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Sitting with a lackluster 3-4 record after dropping their third straight home game to the Miami Dolphins yesterday (Sun., October 19, 2014), the Chicago Bears are a team in disarray.

Possessing one of the most stacked offensive units in the league with running back Matt Forte and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the team has been struggling due to the inconsistent play of quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears could only muster 14 points in Week 7, a horrible number for a team of their considerable talent.

The loss lead to a rift in the locker room after yesterday’s loss, one that supposedly had Marshall calling out Cutler for his mistakes on the field. Marshall repeatedly deemed the team’s recent efforts unacceptable, and many reports stated that there were “several selfish individuals in the locker room.”

Regardless of the dynamics present behind closed doors, the Bears simply aren’t winning on the football field, and that’s what matters most. A spat between veteran players could certainly lend to that losing culture, but coach Marc Trestman told that his team is still a very close and cohesive unit:

“This is a very close football team. A lot of things can go on because people handle winning and losing differently, and we’re not judgmental about players expressing themselves. We’ve got a lot of guys who I think are very close and like each other.”

What Trestman says may indeed be true, as Cutler and Marshall’s connection goes back to their playing days in Denver years ago. But losing will test any team’s resolve, and Trestman believes that emotions rode high after their recent loss. He also thinks that players must be allowed to express their disappointment without being judged:

“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. We have to be accepting and not judgmental, and let it pass.”

Trestman ha a good point here, and it’s probably better that his team is so passionate about the losses rather than accepting. If the rift between teammates continues, however, the Bears could be headed for yet another down season.

They’ll head into New England this week before going to Green Bay to take on their bitter rival Packers, a two-game stretch that will require only the best of performances to win.

With three wins on the road, somehow it’s a good thing that they are playing two straight road games.

Heading into the midway point of the 2014 season, the Bears quickly need to get on the same page with each other if they expect to have any chance of making the playoffs.

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