Bears ownership huddled last night and they had a chat about the fate of coach Marc Trestman. Trestman is likely to go, a source tells Dan Bernstein of WSCR (via Twitter), while GM Phil Emery‘s fate is still up in the air.
Earlier today, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune wrote that after the latest disaster in Chicago, Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer both appeared likely to be on their way out. Some in league circles “reserved serious doubt” over the last couple months that the Bears would dump Trestman, but that perception likely changed after Monday night’s contest. The Bears slid to 5-9 after an embarrassing home loss to the Saints, another team that hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire in 2014, though they have the good fortune of playing in the league’s softest division.
It has been an ugly season for the Bears and things only got worse in the last week. Kromer tearfully apologized to his team for being one of the anonymous sources in a recent filing by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The report indicated that the Bears were growing increasingly frustrated with quarterback Jay Cutler and that the club was having buyer’s remorse over the whopping extension they recently gave him. While Kromer denied being the source of the latter part, he did admit to staying some less-than complimentary things about the team’s high-priced QB.
Just days ago, it was reported that Cutler is extremely unhappy with the team’s coaching staff. Trestman is only two seasons into his tenure in Chicago, but Cutler’s contract is guaranteed at least through 2015, meaning that it is much easier for the club to replace its coach than it would be to change the QB situation.