Bears hire Kromer, DeCamillis as coordinators

New Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman wasted little time

assembling his staff after being hired on Wednesday, bringing in

two coordinators.

Chicago hired New Orleans Saints line coach Aaron Kromer as its

line coach and offensive coordinator and Dallas’ Joe DeCamillis as

its assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. The Bears

announced the moves on Wednesday, hours after Trestman was hired to

replace the fired Lovie Smith.

Kromer served as the Saints’ head coach for six games this

season while interim head coach Joe Vitt was suspended for his role

in the bounty scandal. Saints coach Sean Payton had to sit out the


Kromer has been with New Orleans since 2008, coaching running

backs for a year before moving over to the offensive line.

During his time as the line coach, the Saints tied for the

fewest sacks allowed with 96 and had five blockers combine to make

nine Pro Bowls – tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jon Stinchcomb, guards

Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks and center Jonathan Goodwin.

Kromer and Trestman worked together on the Oakland Raiders’

staff from 2001 to 2003.

DeCamillis has coached or coordinated special teams in the NFL

for 25 years – the past four with Dallas – and worked in Atlanta

when Bears general manager Phil Emery was the Falcons’ college

scouting director. He interviewed for Chicago’s head coaching job

but is joining Trestman’s staff, instead. He replaces Dave Toub,

who left to take a similar job under Andy Reid in Kansas City.

Dallas’ Dwayne Harris was second in the league at 16.1 yards per

punt return this season while kicker Dan Bailey tied for second in

field goal accuracy at 93.5 percent, converting 29 of 31


Now, DeCamillis will oversee a group that consistently ranked

among the best during Toub’s nine seasons, with stars such as

return specialist Devin Hester and kicker Robbie Gould. They had

one of the top coverage units this season with Eric Weems and Blake


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