Things are moving fast and furious up at Halas Hall. Phil Emery accomplished more by 8AM than most people accomplish in a day. After pre-dawn news broke that the Bears had hired Marc Trestman, they followed that news up by starting to fill out Trestman’s staff. First up, Aaron Kromer was tabbed as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Trestman and the Bears grab Kromer from New Orleans, where he served as offensive line coach and interim interim head coach. Following bounty-gate, Sean Payton and Joe Vitt were both suspended, so Kromer took the reigns and guided the Saints to a 2-4 record in his six games as interim head coach to the interim head coach.
Kromer has ties to the Chicago area, having been offensive line coach with the Northwestern Wildcats in ’99 and 2000. Kromer and Trestman spent time together on the Oakland Raiders staff in 2002, when they made a trip to the Super Bowl, falling to Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay Bucs.
While it’s expected that Trestman will call his own plays, Kromer will be a valuable asset for Trestman, as his recent work with the Saints will help Trestman adjust back to the NFL. Kromer should be able to offer some insights and add some of touches of Sean Payton to the Bears offense.
Now if Kromer can bring Saints’ offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod with him, you’ve got something going.