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Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer ready to broaden his horizons with Bears
Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer turned from coach into comic to explain the development of guard Kyle Long last season.
“Without being rude, we’d be saying he’s coming from an infant who couldn’t feed himself to a graduate from college,” Kromer said. “That’s how far he’s come in one year. And that’s a testament to the guys around him that helped him, that’s a testament to himself who worked hard at it.”
And it’s a testament to the hands-on tutelage of Kromer. He managed an offensive line last year that consisted of one returning starter, two rookies and two free-agent signings.
The results were impressive. Kromer’s line gave up only 30 sacks last season (fourth fewest in the league) and paved the way for an offense that scored the second-most points.
This year will be different for Kromer, though. He no longer carries the additional title of offensive line coach with assistant Pat Meyer being promoted.
Kromer’s input will still run the running game, but his duties have expanded. He’ll be more involved with the Bears’ quarterbacks and receivers.
“It’s given myself a chance to broaden my horizons and not spend 100 percent of my time with the offensive line when it comes to practice and meeting time,” Kromer said. “Sometimes an offensive line coach can get pigeon-holed into just doing that job.”
Coach Marc Trestman, who calls the plays, also is delivering on his promise.
“That was the plan from the beginning,” Trestman said. “I wouldn’t have wanted him to leave New Orleans without, in my mind, being able to tell him and [Saints coach] Sean [Payton] for that matter, that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to grow as a football coach.
“It gives him a chance to grow, and it gives me a chance to move around a little more as well. It’s all a ripple effect throughout the team.”