Former New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will be the new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. The Bears hired Marc Trestman as their new head coach, and Trestman wasted no time in bringing in Kromer from the Saints. Trestman and Kromer worked together for three years for the Oakland Raiders including the Raiders 2002 Super Bowl trip.
Despite starting the season at 0-4 Kromer did a good job the interim head coach as he kept the team together and helped the team to a 7-9 record. Furthermore, the Saints offense did not miss a beat without Sean Payton and a lot of that had to do with Kromer.
Kromer has had a good run with the Saints but I cannot blame him for leaving the team to go to the Bears. Kromer’s contract with the Saints was up and now he will get to be an offensive coordinator for a team that features Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Forte.
The Bears job was obviously more attractive to him and working with his old colleague and friend was too much for Kromer to pass up. During his time with the Saints Kromer helped make the Saints’ offensive line one of the best units in the NFL. Furthermore, when the Saints lost offensive guard Carl Nicks to free agency this past season the offensive line recovered nicely and was still one of the top units in the NFL.
The Bears have arguably one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, but if anyone can fix the line it is Kromer. Some people believe that Kromer might be the best offensive line coach in the NFL. However, Kromer will also be the offensive coordinator so it remains to be seen how much he will actually be working with the offensive line.
It is tough for the Saints to lose Kromer, but you cannot blame him for going with a better opportunity for his career. Bringing in a new offensive line coach will be another priority for the Saints to address this off-season. Something tells me that Sean Payton already has someone in mind, and cannot wait for the Super Bowl to conclude so he can get back to work.