According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New Orleans Saints’ offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears to become the team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. The Bears confirmed the news Wednesday night.
Just to make things perfectly clear here, Kromer will not be responsible for the Bears’ offense. He will not call plays on game-day. That job will rest on the shoulders of new head coach Marc Trestman.
Kromer is a career offensive line guru; it’s what he’s known for, and he’s known for doing that job well at the NFL level. And that will be his primary function in Chicago. The Saints’ website describes his role with the team as developing and tutoring offensive linemen, and the designing of blocking schemes in the rushing attack.
Under Kromer’s tutelage in 2010, ‘11 and ‘12, the Saints’ offensive line has ranked 17th, 1st and 6th in the NFL, respectively. The Bears, during that same timeframe, have ranked 16th, 24th and 29th under Mike Tice. Both, according to Football Outsiders.
Having finished his fifth season in New Orleans, Kromer helped the Saints to a playoff berth in 2010, boasting the third-ranked passing offense in the League. The Saints earned a second-consecutive postseason trip in 2011, improving to the NFL’s top-ranked passing offense.
His 2010 unit allowed a paltry 26 sacks on QB Drew Brees in 2010, the fifth-lowest total in the League during the regular season.
Prior to New Orleans, Kromer spent time with the Bucs and Raiders, working side-by-side with Bears’ new head coach Marc Trestman in Oakland from 2001-2003.
Kromer has tutored a number of Pro Bowl offensive lineman in Jahri Evans, Carl Nicks, Lincoln Kennedy, Barrett Robbins, Jonathan Goodwin and Jon Stinchcomb, to name a few.