Misdemeanor battery charges against former Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and his son, Zachary, were dropped Friday.
Kromer, currently the offensive line coach in Buffalo, and his son pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an incident earlier this month in which both were accused of striking minors during a dispute over beach chairs. Kromer allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family. Charges were dropped after the boys' parents stated in a press release from the Florida state's attorney office that the injuries sustained were minor and that "they desired that the lives of their children not be further disrupted."
An "amicable resolution" was agreed upon between both parties.
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Kromer was placed on paid leave after his arrest on Aug. 12. Bills head coach Rex Ryan has not stated publicly whether Kromer has a future with the team.
Kromer spent two seasons with the Bears before being let go at the end of last season. In December, Kromer claimed to be the anonymous person who leaked a report criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler. He later apologized to the team and staff.
All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone.
Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it:
"Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. I’m not putting anybody in (LT’s) class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor."
A bit harsh, Bill.
For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time:
20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries
That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'.
UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees:
The Bears have seemingly dodged a bullet, for now.
Following Tuesday's announcement that Khalil Mack would undergo further tests on the right ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's loss, Bears head coach had more optimistic news on Wednesday:
It could obviously get a lot worse than a day-to-day diagnosis, though not practicing on Wednesday might raise some eyebrows.
It sounds like Mack is expected to be a go for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, though as the Bears saw with the Dolphins' QB situation last week, things can change in a heartbeat.