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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
BBAO: A 'defining week' for the Bears

By Kevin Seifert

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I'm not a big believer that external attention to internal drama can unify a professional sports team, especially one with as much experience and as many veterans as the Chicago Bears. But I understand where Bears place-kicker Robbie Gould was coming from Tuesday night during an appearance on ESPN 1000.

Gould acknowledged that "this could be a very defining week in our season" and suggested that the behavior of quarterback Jay Cutler has been addressed adequately within the locker room. If it had not been, Gould said: "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 said Tuesday that he has spoken with the Bears' "powers-that-be" as well as the offensive line individually after bumping and screaming at left tackle J'Marcus Webb during last Thursday's game at Lambeau Field. Cutler said he regretted shoving Webb but not yelling at him, and perhaps that is the line the Bears discussed internally.

Assuming they've handled the issues involved, the Bears will be able to look back at this week as one they artfully navigated a significant distraction. But I don't think it will make them a better team than they were destined to be. That only happens in the movies.

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