Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears helmets during the second half against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Reading Between the Lines of the Latest Chicago Bears Coaching Moves


The other day, word leaked that the Bears were bringing in a martial arts expert to help out on their coaching staff.  That move was confirmed the other day when the Bears formally announced the hiring of Joe Kim as Assistant Strength/Skill Development Coach.

Another move was wrapped up in that announcement, the promotion of Pat Meyer to Offensive Line Coach.  Meyer served as assistant offensive line coach last season behind Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer.

“Pat came in with an understanding of the offense and quickly assimilated himself with the players,” head coach Marc Trestman said. “He worked with Aaron, collectively, to not only teach the offensive linemen but to bring them together collectively and cohesively as a group.

The move means that Aaron Kromer won’t be working as closely with the offensive line as he expands his role:

“The move will allow Aaron to still be closely connected to the instruction and development of the offensive line while expanding his coordinator duties and free up time to help in the growth of all of our offensive players.”

We all know that who the offensive coordinator for the Bears is, it’s coach Trestman.  So what does it mean when Kromer moves to cover more of the offense?  To me it means that offensive coordinator Trestman moves into a bigger role of overseeing the whole team and hopefully spending a little more time with Mel Tucker and Joe DeCamillis working on defense and special teams.

I like the move because it shows me that Trestman doesn’t want to become the offensive version of Lovie Smith.  He’s not just going to leave the defense off by itself and solely focus on “his side of the ball.”

Tags: Chicago Bears Coaching Moves Joe Kim Pat Meyer

  • ManGod

    Tresty is proving what a real Head Coach does to insure his Team is playing at the highest level on both sides of the ball. I think this move will allow Tresty to dedicate more of his time and knowledge to the defensive side and teach Mel Tucker how to develop and design a successful defensive scheme based on player personel and strengths rather than solely on a game plan devised to address a certain teams offensive standards. Tresty will guide this defense along the lines of Seattle’s defense and push Tucker to provide a scheme that utilizes his best players abilities at all times rather than just on 3rd down or in given certain run / pass situations. I believe the Bears defense will be much more aggressive and capitalistic moving forward. I think Tresty will look to expand this defense utilizing Lance Briggs skill set and look to draft/sign a very explosive DL in the draft or FA….and I believe he will most definitely resign DJ Williams and Henry Melton. I further believe Tresty will convince J Peppers to resign at a greatly reduced pay scale more favorable to the Bears and based on performance or quietly arrange a trade or release Peppers. Give this defense 2-3 new and impact players and Chicago will vault into the top contenders level to vie for a Super Bowl bid in 2014.

    • Big Swede

      Peppers will not be traded. No team will take on the HUGE cap hit for an older declining player. The other teams know that the Bears are either going to restructure his deal or cut him outright, which would give them an opportunity to sign him without losing one of their own players in a trade.

      • ManGod

        Is he declining or just being J Peppers ? He done the same thing before he was signed by the Bears’….got the money and then became a mediocre DE….now with the Bears, 2 decent seasons and he has the money…and he is just another DE collecting way to much money. So is he declining or looking to cash in on a new deal elsewhere with more first year guaranteed money than the Bears are willing to part with? Unfortunately, there are way to many teams who would take a chance on Peppers being able to produce at near elite level given some decent assistance by other players.

        • Big Swede

          I stand by what I said… No team will TRADE for Peppers with an $18+ million cap hit for next season. I didn’t say he won’t be playing next season for the Bears or another team under a new contract, but if I’m an NFL owner and my GM TRADED for Peppers and his $18 million cap hit contract, I’m looking to hire a new GM tomorrow.

          • ManGod

            What you re failing to consider is that with a trade and or a new contract, his cap hit could be greatly reduced by moving over half of that inflated salary to a signing bonus immediately, and restructuring the balance in a new pay for performance incentive laden contract. It is hard to envision Peppers accepting an outright pay cut after he restructured his contract for the team last year, so a trade would be more in his interest even if he had to accept a pay cut and take a more team friendly contract to play elsewhere.

          • Big Swede

            AGAIN…. Only an IDIOT would try to trade for Peppers (AND his $18+ million cap hit), when he’s going to be cut on June 1st anyway. Besides, what are they going to give the Bears in return?