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Kromer, DeCamillis join Trestman’s staff

Bears coach Marc Trestman wasted little time assembling key components of his coaching staff during his first day on the job Wednesday.

Joining Trestman will be Aaron Kromer, who spent the past five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, and Joe DeCamillis, who spent the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Kromer will serve as the Bears’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, while DeCamillis will serve as assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

Unlike in recent seasons in which defensive-minded head coach Lovie Smith led the team, Kromer is expected to complement the Bears’ offensive scheme rather than design it. Kromer most recently served as the Saints’ offensive line and running game coach, and those areas likely will remain his focus as Trestman works closely with Jay Cutler and the rest of the Bears’ quarterbacks.

Trestman and Kromer have a history of working well together. Both worked as assistants with the Oakland Raiders in 2002 when the team led the NFL in total offense and reached the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, DeCamillis is familiar with general manager Phil Emery from their days together with the Atlanta Falcons. He was one of 13 candidates who interviewed for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy, and he impressed Emery enough to earn a title as assistant head coach in addition to his duties leading the special teams unit.

Although Kromer and DeCamillis are the first coaches to join Trestman, they almost certainly will not be the last. Trestman must determine whether to retain other assistants who remain under contract including defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, wide receivers coach Darryl Drake and running backs coach Tim Spencer.

Trestman could offer more details about the rest of his coaching staff when he is introduced to media members today at Halas Hall.


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