Coaches

Aaron Kromer
Off. Coordinator

Biography

Aaron Kromer is in his second season as the Bears offensive coordinator after being hired by the franchise on January 16, 2013.

In his first season with the Bears, Kromer led the team to a major turnaround in offensive production as Chicago set franchise records in net yards (6,109), gross passing yards (4,450), net passing yards (4,281), completion percentage (64.4), passing touchdowns (32), passer rating (96.9), first downs (344) and passing first downs (215). The 445 points scored by the Bears were second-most in team history.

Aaron Kromer is in his second season as the Bears offensive coordinator after being hired by the franchise on January 16, 2013.

In his first season with the Bears, Kromer led the team to a major turnaround in offensive production as Chicago set franchise records in net yards (6,109), gross passing yards (4,450), net passing yards (4,281), completion percentage (64.4), passing touchdowns (32), passer rating (96.9), first downs (344) and passing first downs (215). The 445 points scored by the Bears were second-most in team history.

Chicago had 45 offensive touchdowns in Kromer’s first season with the team, fifth-most in team history and the most in the Super Bowl era for the franchise. The 13-offensive touchdown increase from the 32 scored in 2012, a year prior to his arrival, is the 10th best single-season improvement in franchise history and fifth highest in the Super Bowl era for the club.

The Bears offense also saw a 1,140-yard improvement in total net yards in Kromer’s first season with the team (from 4,969 in 2012 to 6,109 in 2013), the third biggest single-season jump in franchise history.

Kromer, who has 15 years of experience coaching offensive lines, has coached an offensive lineman to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons. In 2013, Kromer oversaw a Bears offensive line - with four new starters, including two rookies – that allowed just 30 sacks, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL. In the three years prior to Kromer’s arrival, the Bears offensive line allowed a combined 149 sacks. In 2013, under Kromer’s tutelage, rookie guard Kyle Long was the first Bears offensive lineman to be named to the Pro Bowl since 2006 and the first Chicago rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl at an offensive position since RB Gale Sayers in 1965. In each of the last five seasons, Kromer has overseen an offensive line that has finished in the top five for fewest sacks allowed in the NFL.

Chicago’s four offensive Pro Bowl selections following the 2013 season (RB Matt Fortè, WR Alshon Jeffery, Long and WR Brandon Marshall) were the most for the franchise since the 1985 Super Bowl season.

With 24 years of coaching experience, Kromer joined the Bears after spending five years with the New Orleans Saints where he worked with the offensive line and running backs. He had dual responsibility in his last four years with the Saints (2009-12) overseeing the offensive line/running game after tutoring the running backs in 2008. He also served as the interim head coach of the Saints for the first six games of the 2012 regular season. During his tenure as the Saints offensive line coach, five blockers were named to 10 Pro Bowls (T Jermon Bushrod 2012-13; G Jahri Evans 2010-13; C Jonathan Goodwin 2010; G Carl Nicks 2011-12 and T Jon Stinchcomb 2010) and New Orleans was tied for the fewest sacks in the NFL with 96.

During 2012, the New Orleans Saints ranked second in the NFL in total offense averaging 410.9 yards per game and third in scoring offense, putting up 28.8 points per game. The Saints offensive line allowed just 26 sacks in 2012, tied for third fewest in the league while Evans was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, all under Kromer’s tutelage.

In 2011, the Saints set NFL records in total offense (averaging 467.1 yards per game, 7,474 yards) and passing yards (5,347 yards). New Orleans ranked second in the league in scoring offense (34.2 points per game) and tied for second in sacks allowed (24). Bushrod, Evans and Nicks were all named to the Pro Bowl, the second time under Kromer that three linemen were named to the Pro Bowl in a single season. In 2010, the offensive line allowed just 26 sacks in 2010, fifth-fewest in the league. Evans and Nicks were selected to the Pro Bowl.

During his first season as the Saints offensive line/running game coach, New Orleans earned its first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history as the offense led the NFL in total offense (403.8 yards per game) and scoring offense (31.9 points per game). The rushing attack ranked sixth in the NFL averaging 131.6 yards per game and the 20 sacks allowed were fourth-fewest in the league. Three players, Evans, Goodwin and Stinchcomb all were named to their first career Pro Bowls. In 2008, the Saints running backs combined for 2,472 yards from scrimmage and 28 touchdowns.

Kromer joined the Saints organization after three years in Tampa Bay working as the Buccaneers senior assistant/offensive line coach the final two seasons (2006-07) after joining the club as a senior assistant in 2005 with a focus on the offensive line. Two players, G Arron Sears (2006) and G Dan Buenning (2005), earned All-Rookie honors while Kromer was in Tampa Bay

He joined Tampa Bay after a four-year stint with the Oakland Raiders, starting as assistant offensive line coach (2001) before being promoted to the offensive line coach (2002-04). From 2001-03 Kromer worked with new Bears head coach Marc Trestman on the Raiders offensive staff, including the 2002 campaign when Oakland led the NFL in total offense en route to its Super Bowl XXXVII appearance.

While in Oakland, Kromer tutored two players to Pro Bowl selections: T Lincoln Kennedy (2001-02) and C Barrett Robbins (2002). He also coached T Robert Gallery to an all-rookie selection in 2004.

Kromer got his first coaching experience in the Chicagoland area serving as Northwestern’s offensive line coach from 1999-2000. The Wildcats led the Big Ten in total offense in 2000.

He got his coaching start at his alma mater, Miami University (Ohio), where he worked for nine seasons (1990-98).

Kromer coached the offensive line in 1998 after working with the tight ends/H-Backs, defensive line, special teams and as a graduate assistant during the course of the previous eight seasons.       

One of only eight players in Miami history to serve as a two-time captain (1988-89), Kromer lettered for three seasons at offensive tackle from 1987-89. He was a recipient of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award, graduating with a degree in education before earning his master’s degree in education administration in 1991.

Kromer and his wife, Dawn, have a son, Zachary, and a daughter, Brooke.

 

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