Gould: Incident could unify, define Bears
September, 18, 2012
By Staff | ESPNChicago.com
Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesJay Cutler spoke to his teammates about the J'Marcus Webb incident.Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould said Tuesday that the Jay Cutler-J'Marcus Webb incident could make the team grow closer and become a defining moment.
But Gould also said if the matter lingers, it will have to be re-addressed.
"The way I look at it is this could be a very defining week in our season, and it's only (Week 3)," Gould said on "Football Night In Chicago" on ESPN 1000. "If you look at the situation as a whole, this is the exact moment I think that this team becomes as close as they possibly can.
"Because there are a lot of new faces. There are a lot of new guys in our locker room. And I think it's a defining moment for us, because if this lingers into (Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams), I think this could potentially be an issue that is going to need to be re-addressed. And we're going to have to go back to the basics and maybe evaluate it in a different way than it's already been handled."
Cutler admitted Tuesday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000 that he shouldn't have bumped into Webb during Thursday's 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but Cutler said he didn't regret yelling at the offensive tackle. Cutler was sacked seven times and threw four interceptions.
"I think the best thing that we did this weekend was come in Saturday for film, instead of sitting on that loss for four days and coming in Monday and watching the film," Gould said. "We were able to come in and address the situation, not only from a loss standpoint but also be able to take care of the Jay Cutler-J'Marcus Webb situation in-house.
"I think it's a perfect situation for us to handle it amongst our teammates, to handle it (in)the locker room and say, 'Listen, this isn't tolerated, this isn't going to be tolerated, we're going to become a tighter knit group, we're going to do things together, we're going to do it as one, and not as individuals.' And the other part of it too is not only will it make the team grow, but I think if you look at the long-term effects it will have on a team like the Bears, with what I think is a very mature and older group of gentlemen in that locker room, I think it's going to make our team that much better on Sunday and the rest of the year."