CHICAGO BEARS HEAD COACH MARC TRESTMAN
I want to take a moment here and put behind us at this press conference in this session here the situation with Aaron. Number one, I was clearly disappointed with Aaron that he went to a place post-Dallas game. 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. And that is the New Orleans Saints. And getting ready for them on Monday night.
DID AARON APOLOGIZE ON HIS OWN?
Aaron chose to speak to the offense on his own.
HOW CAN PLAYERS TRUST KROMER?
You know, when you’re building a locker room and a culture, we haven’t had something like this happen over the last two years. But what we’re prepared to do is things are going to happen. There are going to be issues that come up when you have this many men and this many people involved. We don’t like what happened. We’re disappointed in what happened. I’m disappointed in what happened. But this is an opportunity for you to work through something like this. And we’re doing that internally. It’s a process we’re going to go through daily and that’s where we are. I feel confident that we can work through this.
WHAT EXACTLY DID AARON DO WRONG?
What he did was he spoke outside of this building on things that were inappropriate to say at that time.
DID YOU CONSIDER FIRING HIM?
Everybody on our staff is important. Everybody’s important. And as I said already, Aaron has talked through this with you. I’ve, again, communicated my disappointment with him. And we’ve moved forward in processing this. And we will continue to do that in getting ready for the Saints, which our team has done an excellent job of moving forward the last two days.
HOW DID TEAM BECOME AWARE OF THIS?
I can’t answer that question directly. I became aware of it because Aaron told me.
WHEN DID AARON TELL YOU?
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION?
“I was disappointed.”
WERE YOU IN THE ROOM WHEN KROMER APOLOGIZED?
That’s an internal issue. It’s clear that Aaron… We’ve communicated to you that Aaron chose to apologize to the offense. He’s stated that. I think the rest is internal.
Everything we’re doing is processing things internally. I understand the question. And I certainly think that you can understand the answer. This was a situation that I was clearly disappointed in. And we’re handling it internally.
KROMER WILL COACH FINAL THREE GAMES?
Aaron is with us and to coach with us, yes.
DID YOU ADDRESS THE TEAM?
Yes I have.
WHAT WAS THE MESSAGE?
The message is exactly what I stated to you. That we had statements were made that were inappropriate to be made outside of our building. Everything we do is internal. We’ve chosen to use accountability as a big part of how we do things within the framework of our meeting rooms and this building. That should not go outside.
DO PLAYERS TRUST YOU ARE HOLDING HIM ACCOUNTABLE CONSIDERING HE STILL HAS HIS JOB?
As I said, I understand the question. We’re processing this and dealing with the situation. And as I said, again, our team has done a very good job of working to do what’s most important, and that’s to get ready for the Saints.
IS IT HARD TO SEPARATE THE NOISE FROM GAME PREPARATION?
Our guys are focused in on the New Orleans Saints. That’s where they are. That’s how we’ll proceed.
WHY DID KROMER TALK TO ENTIRE TEAM? WHY NOT A 1-ON-1 WITH JAY?
Aaron chose to speak with the offense.
WAS THAT THE CORRECT MOVE?
All of that is going to be handled internally.
MARSHALL ALSO SAID HE HAS BUYER’S REMORSE. ANY DISCIPLINE OR DISAPPOINTMENT WITH HIM?
That’s a whole separate issue. We understand Brandon and how much he loves this football team. There’s no doubt about it. And I know how much he loves Jay and the way they are with each other, and what they mean to each other and to the future of our football team. I know where Brandon’s at. I know how important this team is to him and I know the relationship he has with Jay.
SEEMS LIKE THE WALLS ARE CRUMBLING IN.
The team is focused on winning a game, and it has been. We certainly haven’t played the way we want to play, and we’ve addressed that. We’ve addressed the fact that we’ve made mistakes. We’ve acknowledged that. We also feel strongly that we are working very hard on a daily basis to coach these guys in the meeting and coach these guys on the field. And our players are working to that effect. That’s where we are, and that’s how we’ll proceed as we move forward.
PROBLEMS ON OFFENSE
That would be more in tune with offseason analysis. I’ve said very clearly and I think you’ve heard our players say it, it hasn’t been one specific thing. But one specific thing has turned into inconsistent performance. We own up to that. We have. We’re disappointed in the inconsistency and the level of production of the offense over four quarters on a game-by-game basis. We’re focused on what we can control, which is the work we put in today and the preparation we put in today. That message never changes. That’s the only way to go about doing it and that’s how we’re moving forward.”
The only thing we’re concerned about is the New Orleans Saints. I’ve expressed my disappointment. The team understands it. I’ve given them clarity as to the situation and how we can wrap our arms around this and turn it into something positive and move forward in terms of our preparation for the Saints, which is No. 1 on everybody’s focus list.
WAS THERE ANY VALIDITY TO KROMER’S COMMENTS?
When we get into our meetings, we address each and every issue with each and every player. Whether it’s Jay or any of our other players at any position. It’s handled inside this building in a professional and demanding fashion.
WHAT ROLE DID EMERY HAVE?
All of this has been handled by me. It’s the way I’ve handled it and the way I’ll continue to handle it. When it deals with coaches, I have to make those decisions.
BALANCE BETWEEN RUN AND PASS
We have a lot of work to do on offense. We have three games left. We acknowledge the fact we haven’t run the ball well enough. We haven’t had the balance we need to have. We haven’t been consistent in those areas. We continue to talk about them and address them and try to practice through them. We’re hoping to make some headway on Monday night.
ASSISTANT ARE REPORTEDLY WORRIED ABOUT THEIR JOBS
I can say nothing but our staff has been, as I’ve watched them work, as I’m in the meetings with them, they’re focused on one thing and that’s preparing the guys to play the game. I see it in the meeting and I certainly see it on the practice field with their demeanor their passion to try to get these guys to do the things the way we’re asking them to do it.