Aromashodu: I don't know what I did wrong
September, 29, 2010
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Perhaps Devin Aromashodu could benefit from a conversation with Mike Martz regarding his current situation.
Robin Alam/Icon SMIDevin Aromashodu says coaches have to understand players aren't going to be perfect every time.
Because up to this point, it doesn't sound like Aromashodu has gone out of his way to seek answers from the Bears coaching staff.
"We've talked briefly, but not as far as the reason why I didn't play," Aromashodu said Wednesday. "Obviously, they saw something that maybe they felt I didn't do that other players brought. So they went with that.
"I don't know [what exactly I did wrong]. I would have to go and discuss that with them to find out."
After leading the Bears with 10 passes thrown his way against the Lions in Week 1, Aromashodu has disappeared from the game plan. He didn't see a pass come his way against the Cowboys in Week 2 and was inactive for the Packers game.
One thing is clear: Aromashodu isn't the only starting-caliber player relegated to standing on the sidelines. While people have lauded Bears coach Lovie Smith for holding his players accountable, that decision-making style could backfire and produce a negative vibe in the locker room.
"It sends a little bit of a message, but we don't want to put too much pressure on ourselves, because when you are walking on egg shells you really can't play well," Aromashodu said. "You still got to go out there and let it loose. You're not going to be perfect every play, that's something they have to understand. As coaches, they're not going to make the right call every play. We just have to learn from our mistakes and try to do our best."