It’s not a secret to anybody now. The 2014 Chicago Bears are an absolute train wreck. They aren’t cohesive. They aren’t disciplined. Apparently they aren’t invested either. That’s been alluded to in the past but for the first time an actual player on the team admitted it openly.
Following another ugly loss at home to the New Orleans Saints, tight end Martellus Bennett tried to maintain his composure. When asked why the team has become so dysfunctional, he tried to pass it off as mostly an inability to find their rhythm. However, it didn’t take long for the dam to fully collapse and he delved deeper into it.
‘‘There are some positions on the team that need to step up with leadership and things like that around the club. But overall, I just feel like we need passion to come from certain places. I don’t think the passion is always there all the time. But overall, it just hasn’t been there.’’
Attacking the coaches for not being able to get more out of the players is one thing, but what Bennett is basically saying is that some of his own teammates have no fight. They’re quitters. Part of the issue is the ongoing disconnect between the coaches what with Aaron Kromer talking behind the back of Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman refusing to do anything about it. Bennett has been one of the few who continues to play hard but even another opponent noticed how bad things have gotten. Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis confirmed it.
‘‘I don’t think some players out there looked excited to play.’’
Veteran leaders in the locker room are exasperated and thrown by the entire situation, just begging for the end to come. Bennett hasn’t let that stop him from playing hard, but it’s further proof how divided and lost the Chicago Bears have become.