The Chicago Bears Are A Team In Turmoil
Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) hands the ball off to running back Matt Forte (22) during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
I was frustrated by the lack of adjustments by the coaching staff.
The Bears were outplayed and out coached on Sunday. There is a reason the Patriots are 6-2 on the year, they have a proven system and the HC Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady work well together.
There has been talk that HC Marc Trestman has “lost the locker room” there is “no leadership” and that the team is soft.
Personally I think that is a load of crap.
I have heard former Bears say they need elected Captains and the captains would be the leaders (because this is an NFL franchise not a day care); electing captains works sometimes and doesn’t other times. Teams can be successful by picking captains for each game, just look to those green and yellow goobers from the North. They select captains on a game by game basis and they are doing alright.
Leadership is more than an elected position or a patch on a jersey; there is also a lot more to it than people think. There are a lot of ways to lead and everyone is going to lead in a different way.
Leadership is about influence. Some people are vocally passionate about things and they are typically the ones out front, the faces of the organization so-to-speak (see Brandon Marshall, Kyle Long, Peanut Tillman, Robbie Gould, Jared Allen). Others lead from behind the scenes and prefer to talk one on one or in small groups; they are not the ra-ra motivational speaker types, but they are more than willing to help their teammates and call out teammates if necessary (see Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Roberto Garza). Others don’t like the spotlight at all and simply lead by example.
All types of leaders are important and all are necessary.
What HC Marc Trestman and his staff are doing is allowing the athletes take ownership of the team. Yes Trestman is ultimately in charge and the buck stops with him but no team will win without buy-in from the players; it doesn’t work at any level of sport, ever.