Robbie Gould’s season was cut short a few weeks ago due to a quadriceps injury. Based on comments Gould made this morning on WSCR-AM, he likely isn’t upset that the season officially is coming to a close next week.
Robbie Gould Sounds Off
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears’ kicker went on the Spiegel & Mannelly Show to discuss the Bears’ dysfunctional season. Gould didn’t hold much back when giving his thoughts on what has went wrong this season.
One topic discussed was the benching of Jay Cutler:
“I honestly don’t even know what the message is. 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.”
This is an obvious shot at head coach Marc Trestman. His criticism of Trestman didn’t end with his handling of the Cutler situation. Instead, the kicker went on to emphasize this season’s dysfunction compared to the tight-knit locker room under Lovie Smith:
“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.”
Finally, Gould’s comments elaborated on the fact that it’s not just losing that has irked him, but the entire drama of the lost season:
“I’ve been 7-9, 3-6 and had a lot of fun. 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.”
With rumors swirling regarding Trestman and his staff being fired and rumors of Cutler trades, it’s obvious that Gould considers the issues to be with the coaching staff, not the quarterback.