After also serving as offensive line coach last season, Kromer has relinquished those duties to Pat Meyer this year while remaining the coordinator.
“It was a good opportunity to see what’s going on,” Kromer said. “You get so involved with your position. Last year, dealing with the offensive line, I was able to off the field be a part of the entire offense. But once we got on the field, it was important that I focused on five guys. When you’re talking about watching five guys on a play, you can’t see 11 guys.”
“Inside Rookie Minicamp,” which is presented by Chicago Tribune Digital Sports, gives fans unprecedented access to Bears players and coaches. Viewers will be taken inside meeting rooms, the locker room, weight room, equipment room, lunch room and onto the practice field.
In the third segment of the series, Kromer teaches new technique to seventh round draft pick Charles Leno, Jr., a tackle from Boise State.
“There are certain ways that you want things done within your scheme and he wasn’t familiar,” Kromer said. “Coming in he didn’t use our techniques. These guys have to learn terminology and verbiage, what means what, how it’s said, how to listen to it, and then go out and do it.
“And then all of a sudden the numbers are in a different spot, the hashes are in a different spot and all these things are foreign to him. So we were just trying to work through that.”
“Inside Rookie Minicamp” was shot and produced by the Chicago Bears Network using specialty cameras and incorporating 4K footage. The five segments will be featured on ChicagoBears.com and the Chicago Bears Official Mobile App throughout June.
The entire series will also air in its entirety as a half-hour show on Fox 32 Chicago on Friday, June 20 at 9:30 p.m.