Aaron Kromer apologizes, Trestman disappointed in him
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer apologized for criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler to an NFL Network reporter. Kromer said he's not resigning, though.
"I was clearly disappointed with Aaron," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "He clearly knows what he did was wrong."
Kromer made a tearful apology to Cutler on Monday.
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"I made a very poor decision of talking about things outside the building and I admit that, can't take that back," Kromer said. "But I recognize I made a mistake. When I did, [I] instantly went right to the offensive unit and apologized as well as apologized to Jay in front of the offense that he was singled out in the situation. I wish I wouldn't have made that mistake. It's happened, and we're a group and a unit. We worked it out together. The rest will be handled internally, and we'll work through that."
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Cutler said he accepts the apology.
"I think we were all a little bit surprised," Cutler said. "I think not so much that it happened, but that he stepped in front of us and apologized; he was owning up to it. Like I said, everyone has made mistakes and said things in the media, and said things to other players in passing that we regret. But not many of us step up in front of everybody, apologizes, and owns it the way he did. I think we left that meeting in a better place than we started."
Tresman is angry.
"I want to take a moment here and put behind us at this press conference, in this session, here the situation with Aaron," Trestman said. "No. 1, I was clearly disappointed with Aaron. And he understands that. Aaron clearly knows what he did was wrong and inappropriate under the circumstances. He chose to apologize to the offense on Monday, as you already know. And we're going to work through the rest of it internally as we move forward to what's most important."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun