If you are expecting Aaron Kromer to turn J'Marcus Webb into Jermon Bushrod, you probably are dreaming. But Kromer did turn Bushrod, a fourth-round draft pick from Towson, into a two-time Pro Bowl tackle for the Saints. So there's something about the Bears' new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach that should give hope to fans and Webb alike. "You look at the way we have turned our offensive line over," Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt said. "He has taken Jermon Bushrod as a rookie, now he's a two-time Pro Bowler. You see what he has done with Jahri Evans. You see what he has done with Brian De La Puente. You see what he has done with Zach Strief when Jon Stinchcomb left." Kromer has a track record for player development. In his four seasons as the Saints' offensive line coach, five players combined for 10 Pro Bowl selections. None of those blockers went to Honolulu with poor fundamentals. "He is all about technique," De La Puente said. "He has some different techniques that he coaches that I enjoyed learning." De La Puente came into the league as an undrafted free agent. In three years, he bounced around four teams and was cut eight times before finally landing in New Orleans. That's where Kromer turned him into a starter.
Bears' Kromer lauded for teaching ability
Chicago Tribune | Jan 27