Brandon Marshall wonders who leaked Kromer’s apology

AP

Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer has admitted that he was an unnamed source who said negative things about quarterback Jay Cutler in an NFL Network report. Kromer apologized to Cutler and the rest of the team in an offensive meeting this week — an apology that was also leaked to the press by unnamed Bears.

Now Bears receiver Brandon Marshall is wondering which of his teammates spilled the beans about what Kromer thought would be a private apology behind closed doors.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune broke the news of Kromer’s apology on Thursday night, and Marshall responded to Biggs’s tweet about it by tweeting, “Most interesting part of this story is the NEW source.”

[tweet https://twitter.com/BMarshall/status/543291936887816192%5D

It is an interesting part of this story: Biggs attributed his report to four sources, none of whom gave their names. When four different people in the Bears’ offensive meeting are telling Biggs about Kromer making what was described as “an emotional and tearful apology,” it sure sounds like there are at least four people in the Bears’ offensive meeting who don’t think highly of the offensive coordinator and want a story that will make him look bad to get published.

It’s unclear whether Marshall, who is on injured reserve, was at the meeting at which Kromer apologized, but Marshall seems to be supportive of Kromer. When another Chicago Tribune writer, David Haugh, tweeted that Kromer must go, Marshall tweeted a reply of, “Slow down.”

Maybe the next apology will be from one of those other unnamed sources, apologizing for going public with the kind of thing that coaches and players alike usually prefer to keep in-house.

45 responses to “Brandon Marshall wonders who leaked Kromer’s apology

  1. One of those four couldn’t be the guy who was shaking his head during the apology, could it?

  2. Brandon Marshall has skills obviously, but players such as him and Percy Harvin are the last I would want when building a team. Maybe throw in Vernon Davis as well when Singletary was around. Harvin almost destroyed a championship team.

  3. Brandon Marshall is just lost , period. He’s a decent wide receiver but not worth the trouble and baggage he brings along — unless you think your team can win a championship right now — which the Bears clearly cannot.

  4. So Brandon Marshall goes to Social Media (twitter) to ask why a team locker room issue cant be kept and settled in house……….classic!… As the pot calls the kettle black…..

  5. Not a beats fan but marshal is a great reciever and the only emotional leader on that team. If the rest of the team played with that much heart the bears would play in 17 games this year

  6. The Bears have now surpassed the Jets and Skins as the most pathetic team in the NFL…….the only way out now is to clean house……bring in a new coach and a new GM…..this soap poet is pathetic.

  7. Funny but so many reporters (I use the term loosely) wagged on about the Seahawks dysfunction yet not one player went public with any garbage like this throughout all the Percy Harvin mess, the so called Russell Wilson not being black enough crap, etc. Just reporters being their usual inflammatory selves.

    They kept it in-house and took off pointing toward the playoffs.

    The Bears must really be a disaster if coaches and players are leaking to the press.

  8. Four guys on that team are not good teammates.

    The test of character is not how one acts when things are going well, but when they aren’t.

  9. @hawksforlike
    Exactly winners keep it in the house and the losers make excuses to the media.
    It’s the coach’s job to keep the house in order and if a player/coach breaks the rules … show him the door.

  10. Of course this is not what some people here want to believe and it is not what the “Media” wants to report but Cutler has not been the problem or the cancer here.
    He has done the best he can while playing behind god awful O lines with bad receivers and a parade of Offensive Coordinators.
    He now has some talent around him on Offense but the Defense is the worst Bears D that I can remember in my lifetime and I am 52 years old.
    What do you expect a QB to do when you find yourself down by 21 or 28 points before the end of the first quarter and a mom & pop coaching staff calling the plays?
    He has conducted himself more restraint and class than most players would and he did so again in this latest mess and he is one of the very few players that have not mailed it in since the first lose to the Packers.

    As a lifelong Bears fan all I want is for the McCaskeys to sell the team.
    THAT is how you are going to restore order and respect to this once proud franchise.

  11. dollasnsense says:
    Dec 12, 2014 7:08 PM
    One of those four couldn’t be the guy who was shaking his head during the apology, could it?

    “I was shaking my head the whole time… make sure you put that in there. I was shaking my head.”

  12. Congratulations to Emery for making a laughingstock out of this team.

    By the way, we don’t live in 2010 anymore. Cutler has several years in this organization under his belt and has had plenty of weapons and great receivers in the last 2-3 years, and now he also has his wallet full. So, while he is certainly not guilty if some genius offered him a nonsense extension, I could not care less if he has behaved with class yesterday, I care that he is the highest paid player in the NFL and the QB who has generated the most turnovers so far

  13. It astounds me, after everything that has gone on this year, that not a single person in the Bears organization has been fired yet. That entire franchise is a joke that continues finding new ways to disappoint and humiliate its fans.

  14. Of course this is not what some people here want to believe and it is not what the “Media” wants to report but Cutler has not been the problem or the cancer here.
    He has done the best he can while playing behind god awful O lines with bad receivers and a parade of Offensive Coordinators.
    He now has some talent around him on Offense but the Defense is the worst Bears D that I can remember in my lifetime and I am 52 years old.
    What do you expect a QB to do when you find yourself down by 21 or 28 points before the end of the first quarter and a mom & pop coaching staff calling the plays?
    He has conducted himself more restraint and class than most players would and he did so again in this latest mess and he is one of the very few players that have not mailed it in since the first lose to the Packers.

    As a lifelong Bears fan all I want is for the McCaskeys to sell the team.
    THAT is how you are going to restore order and respect to this once proud franchise.

    _________________________

    Welcome to the modern NFL. You’re rarely going to have a great offense and a great defense on the field at the same time. So your set up will be a team with a better D and a game managing QB or better O – with a good to great QB – and a bend but don’t break D. But if you’re set up with he latter model, and your QB turns the ball over, your D won’t be able to withstand that. In other words, look at the fact that when Cutler turns the ball over, the Bears lose, when he doesn’t, they more than likely win. In short, Cutler is neither a great O QB, nor a game managing QB. He makes too many mistakes for either model.

  15. It astounds me, after everything that has gone on this year, that not a single person in the Bears organization has been fired yet. That entire franchise is a joke that continues finding new ways to disappoint and humiliate its fans.

    __________________

    Not only has no one been fired, the talking heads on 670 the score are all but prepared that Trestman is going to be BACK next year. I would quit being a Bears fan if that happened. Trestman is a terrible coach – I mean a Lou Holtz or Rich Kotite (both for the Jets) – terrible. If he’s back, then the fans should know once and for all that the owners don’t give a heap of used food for their fans.

  16. @ toolkien writes ” …don’t give a heap of used food for their fans ” …Now that’s the funniest line I’ve heard in a LONG time. Thanks for starting my Saturday morning out with a gut buster like that ! I’m stealing it !! ROFLMAO

  17. How do things go south for a team so fast? It’s pretty clear by now that Trestman is poison (or at best, supremely incapable), and the longer the McCaskeys wait to dump him, the longer and more painful the rebuilding process will be.

    As it currently stands, the top draft prospects are praying not be picked by the Bears, and the team has zero chance of attracting any veteran FAs other than 3rd-tier guys who have no other options.

  18. The guy whose season ends with broken bones is entitled to say his piece. You aren’t a malcontent when you’ve literally sacrificed your body. Brandon plays well, works hard in the off season, supports younger players and has never been a discipline issue here in Chicago. My diagnosis of the Bears is a poor defense, weak run game despite Forte (which is bizarre) and a game plan that relies too much on throwing to a spot where a tall receiver is waiting. They need to hit people in stride.

  19. As time forces the Bears organization to come to grip the reality of the Jay Cutler contact they are forced into the position of used football players salesmen and like used cars salesman they don’t want to go public about the lemon on their lot that they must get rid of.

  20. While the best thing for the Bears is to bite the bullet and get rid of the entire coaching staff, the GM, the team president, Cutler, Marshall, Allen, Bushrod, and start over, the part that gets left out is that the Bears are in year 3 of the rebuilding project.

    From 2006-2011, the Bears only have 2 guys they drafted on the team, and one of them is a free agent after this season. So the building blocks of your team are completely missing for 6 years…Emery has not been bad the last two years, but he had to basically start from nothing. That’s why the Bears have to do so much in free agency, and why they haven’t competed in several years. This is a generation of bad drafting, which is the same as missing on a franchise QB setting a team back 5 years. This team is still 2 more years away from competing legitimately, at which time, the guaranteed money for Cutler is done, and they can get rid of him with little or no impact.

    The Bears brass will be patient with Emery because of this, but they might not be able to afford to be patient with the coaches. Kromer has to go, and Tucker is already gone. DeCamillis might get another year, but doesn’t deserve it. You could start over from a coaching staff perspective, but who do you get?

  21. It is not bizarre that Forte and the running game would not be utilized by Trestman. In fact, it was predictable. Trestman does not run a west coast offense – he runs his own perverted version.

    In 1994 the 49ers won the Super Bowl. After the season, the Offensive Coordinator left and the team promoted Trestman. Young and the 49er offense went from 39 touchdown passes in 94 down to 20 TD passes in 95 and then 12 TD passes in 96. In other words, Trestman screwed up the 49ers with his dink pass/no run offense. Shanahan, who was the coordinator in 94, uses a run heavy west coast offense. No doubt during Trestman’s 49er debacle – it was thrown in his face about his offense versus Shanahan’s.

    Trestman’s offense has never worked and no QB has ever had a better 2nd year than a first – except, arguably, Cutler. Yes, he threw a few too many picks, but people forget he has thrown numerous largely hopeless hail mary passes to end games and at halftime – and those passes got intercepted. Take them off his totals and you get a TD to Interception ratio of better than 2:1 and that is considered excellent. While we all want fewer interceptions – you cant stick a QB 21+ points down and expect him not to take chances. Also, the biggest reason Chicago lost games when Cutler threw interceptions is Cutler knew he was losing, knew he could not catch up or keep up, and he took bigger and bigger risks. The fact is – the Bears were not in many games this year – and it wasn’t Cutler. The few games you won, it can be argued you didn’t deserve to win.

    Now a word about why the coaches and players are fighting – especially Cutler and the coaches.

    As I mentioned above, Trestman’s system refuses to use running plays and instead he utilizes a horizontal passing attack. (Think back, he thinks up a new excuse every week for why there were a lack of runs) Thus Kromer’s criticism of Cutler for calling a scant few running plays, because there is no good time to run the ball this year – if you look at the fronts – but lacking any balance helps defenses shut Chicago down.

    Last year, the Bears got lucky throwing deep hail mary style jump ball passes. Yes, several went through and they looked grand on highlight reels, but they were the first indicator that the offense had been derailed. The Bears offense could not sustain drives, and Trestman resorted to that play to get the ball from midfield into the redzone, knowing he had no other way. Naturally, defenses figured out quickly that the best way to stop Chicago was to make them throw the little dink passes until they made a drive ending mistake, got behind in down and distance, and then – shut down those ridiculous jump ball passes. While many folks point to McCown’s “success” – they fail to note that actually, take out the Dallas game and the offense was only scoring around 21pts/game and that it took those ridiculous jump ball passes to move the offense into the red zone.

    Cutler, Forte, and several others began to make comments about the lack of a running game creating problems. Cutler then began to implement a balanced attack during the no-huddle offense. A technique he has been highly successful with – but it was not Trestman’s attack – it was Shanahan’s offense he was running during the no huddle – and Trestman, who has endured many many harsh remarks in the past – hates Shanahan’s offense and anything to do with Shanahan.

    I believe Cutler’s success running the no huddle was Cutler’s way of proving to the coaches that the Bears offense could be fixed by changing the mix of plays and the route concepts. I think Trestman took it personally, though it was not meant that way.

    Birds of a feather flock together – and Trestman, Kromer (who ruined the Saints during Peyton’s bountygate absence) are very dirty underhanded people …… so they attacked Cutler and have tried to blame him for everything when in fact – this offense sucks, it always has …. and Kromer and Trestman have horrible track records dating back to their time in Oakland …

    Don’t fall for this bull about them being good coaches – good coaches don’t blow up locker rooms and try to shame players …

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