When an NFL Network writer came out with a report on Sunday that the Bears were feeling “buyer’s remorse” over the Jay Cutler contract, everyone collectively wondered the source of that information.
As for Jay Cutler, there is serious buyer’s remorse. Inside the organization, there is doubt Cutler can lead them to where they want to go— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2014
The Bears have always been known as a tight-lipped, locked-down organization when it comes to internal strife.
While the exact whereabouts of that leak might still be unknown, another major breach has been identified.
Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer admits to giving the team a tearful apology after criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler to that same NFL Network reporter, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Big problem for Jay Cutler comes in the run game and not checking out of bad plays. Not the only reason for run-game issues, but a big one— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2014
Kromer reportedly denied the “buyer’s remorse” comment but admitted to making critical comments and a subsequent apology in front of Cutler and the team. The report said Cutler shook his head during the apology.
Rapoport also reported that the team considered benching Cutler at halftime of the game against the Bucs and ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith. That report has been denied by Bears coach Marc Trestman.
“Jay Cutler, as long as he’s been healthy, has been the guy we’ve had in there and wanted to play,” Trestman said at his Monday press conference at Halas Hall. “There’s been no indifference there whatsoever.”
Trestman referred to the report as “noise” when asked if he’s spoken to Cutler since the report.
“Jay and I talk daily,” he said. “I think he has a very good understanding of how we feel about him. There’s a lot of noise out there. We’re all aware of that. You get away for a few days, you know how much noise there is out there because you’re not working 24/7.”
Cutler, who is in the first year of a seven-year, $126.7 million contract, is on the verge of a career-best statistical season for passing, but the Bears have yet to score 30 points in a game. Cutler leads the NFL with 21 turnovers.