Bears OC makes tearful apology after criticizing Jay Cutler
There are more reports of turmoil in Chicago, and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer held a private meeting with the team to address his role in it.
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer made an emotional apology to the team on Monday for criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The coach was brought to tears and admitted he was the anonymous source who told a reporter last week that Cutler had “absolutely killed” the Bears with his poor decision-making on the field.
The report Sunday came from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and suggested that the Bears are experiencing “buyer’s remorse” from awarding Cutler a seven-year $126.7 million contract that contains $54 million guaranteed. The signal caller leads the NFL in interceptions with 15 and has struggled with consistency. The Bears, whether publicly or privately, can’t be satisfied with those results.
What Kromer did not apologize for, however, was for cosigning on any alleged comments that the team feels like it made a mistake in making Cutler the fourth highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. In fact, sources with the Tribune confirmed Kromer told players he had nothing to do with leaked comments regarding the quarterback’s deal.
“I guess that’s why those guys are the highest paid players out there. Because when you win and everything is going good, they get all the glory. And when it’s bad, they take more than what they should take. But I can understand that as far as a businessman, I would have buyer’s remorse, too.”
At 5-8, the Chicago is eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Cutler is posting a career-high 91.7 quarterback rating this season, yet has thrown nine interceptions in his last seven games.