As unsightly as the Bears were on the field last night, they behind-the-scenes Bears might be even worse.
During the pre-game show on the team’s flagship radio station, Bears General Manager Phil Emery said he was very upset by last week’s comments by offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, which became a thing when Kromer admitted to being an unnamed source critical of quarterback Jay Cutler.
“Not uncommon, what Aaron did, in this league,” Emery said, via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “Obviously, there’s a whole industry in the NFL in terms of sourcing — coaches, players, staff members. That’s what makes it turn a little bit in terms of the news and the blogs and the information circuit of the NFL. Obviously some of that has been very positive and helps our game grow. And sometimes it has a negative impact on the team, which it did ours this week.
“The venting by a coach and the way it was brought about and the apology was — surprising. And, again, that brought a lot of anger. However, we have a lot of system in place to deal with adversity. I trust our system. It’s a system in which we let emotions subside and we work through the decision process or all the details that anything would entail, in terms of an issue. It also allows us to treat everybody with respect.”
Emery went on to make it very clear that the decision to retain Kromer was “Marc’s decision,” putting the onus on coach Marc Trestman.
“It is that way contractually,” Emery said. “It is also that way in terms of how we’re set up. We’re set up in a top-down, very much a military fashion. We always want to deal with problems as they come at the lowest level possible before we involve other people, which is did in this context.
“There’s no Alexander Haig moves pulled during this situation. For our fans that don’t remember the situation with President Reagan was shot, that Alexander stepped in and said, ‘I’m in control,’ when in fact he wasn’t. So, you know, this was Marc’s decision because that’s the way we were set up.
Emery gets credit for a solid Al Haig reference, but made it clear he didn’t like the actions of Kromer, but was willing to move on (for now).
Defending an assistant coach is something a lot of coaches will do (until it’s expedient to can them), but it usually helps if the coach is on solid ground.
With the Bears officially a mess, it will be interesting to see if the current staff and Cutler will be able to co-exist in the future.