The Aaron Kromer tearful apology to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was sincere, but some people thought it was over the top.
The offense learned of the emotional apology made by Kromer after he criticized the their quarterback, according to ESPN. It was made during a private conversation at Soldier Field with an NFL Network reporter last week. Kromer quickly changed his tune and will now be known as a man standing up for Jay Cutler, but in a weird way.
Four sources said the coach adamantly denied he said anything about the franchise having buyer’s remorse for Jay Cutler after signing a blockbuster contract. He assured players that portion of Sunday’s report on NFL Network did not come from him. With the quarterback in the room, the offensive coordinator did admit, during his tearful apology, that he was frustrated with the quarterback’s play management and expressing that to Ian Rapoport as he left Soldier Field on Dec. 4 after the fifth loss in seven games.
The quarterback simply shook his head during the coach’s apology, one source said. This comes team insiders allegedly had some remorse over the Chicago Bears quarterback package of $126.7 million, seven-year contract that includes $54 million guaranteed, far and away the largest in organization history. And it’s been reported that Cutler’s refusal to check out of bad run plays has “absolutely killed” the team and the coach owned that when addressing players in the offensive meeting.
The shocking Aaron Kromer tearful apology is a sign of how dysfunctional the Chicago Bears have become in a season spinning out of control since a pair of blowout losses to the Patriots and Packers at the midway point. Kromer told the players he should not have spoken outside the family circle and did so in the heat of emotion and apologized hoping they all could use it as a learning experience. Some players didn’t see it that way.
“I’m still kind of trying to sort my way through this to be honest,” one player said. “It’s one of the most (messed) up things I have ever seen. It’s a (messed) up situation,” another player said.
There was another report stating that the Bears considered benching Cutler during the slow start against the Buccaneers on Nov. 23 when the team fell behind 10-0 at halftime, according to Dead Spin. And he reported defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is expected to be let go at season’s end, something that wouldn’t come from Kromer. The tearful incident brings into question Cutler’s trust in Kromer.
It was just last week, in the aftermath of the 41-28 loss to the Cowboys, that Cutler gave the coaching staff a vote of confidence despite the continued woes.
“I’ve been on teams where you went (out) Sunday and you just knew the plan wasn’t going to be good enough. I’ve never lined up with this crew and felt this plan isn’t going to get it done. Or we don’t have enough. Or we’re outmatched. Or we’re out-schemed. That never has been a thought of mine.”
Cutler is on the verge of a handful of single-season passing records, but that speaks to the franchise’s historical mismanagement of the position and coach Marc Trestman’s lopsided play-calling as much as anything else. Cutler leads the NFL with 21 turnovers and the offense has been mired in a season-long slump, unable to reach 30 points in a game, and Aaron Kromer obviously knows that.
Cutler has a history of going through coaches in quick order. In his sixth season since coming over in a 2009 trade with the Broncos, he is on his second head coach, fourth offensive coordinator and fourth quarterbacks coach. But it’s the first coach to offer a tearful apology for stating the obvious.
If Trestman and his staff are ushered out at the end of the month, the Bears will go back to the drawing board for a fifth time with its quarterback unless they decide to part ways with the player. It will be challenging to find a trade partner to take on his contract. And if the team releases the 31-year-old, they will have to write him a check for $15.5 million for not playing for them in 2015, meaning he would collect $38 million for one season of work (2014). It’s doubtful the McCaskeys will sign off on that.
Of course, finding a new head coach or offensive coordinator to work with the quarterback given the high rate of turnover at Halas Hall in recent years could prove challenging. It seems that way after the Aaron Kromer tearful apology. But as one general manager said, there are offensive gurus who believe they can coach up anyone and there are teams out there with worse quarterback situations.
There is open speculation as to the future of Trestman during a season that can finish no better than .500. The Bears went 8-8 a year ago, losing at home on the final day of the season to the Packers. This year, they failed to compete against the Packers, losing by a combined score of 93-31. General manager Phil Emery said earlier this year that Cutler is an elite quarterback based on his win-loss record. He is 10-14 with Trestman.
The Aaron Kromer tearful incident comes after he joined the Chicago Bears after leaving the New Orleans Saints, notes Yardbarker. Kromer served as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator under Sean Payton, earning a Super Bowl ring. His role was expanded this season as he has joined Trestman, position coach Matt Cavanaugh and the quarterbacks in their meeting room.