Aaron Kromer of the New Orleans Saints waits for a refree to rule on a play against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 23, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Now that Marc Trestman has been introduced as the new coach of the Chicago Bears, he has to start putting together a staff and get to work on improving the Bears. He has already started with two key pieces.
The Bears announced Wednesday night that Aaron Kromer had been hired as the offensive coordinator and Joe DeCamillis for special teams. The pair was introduced during a Thursday press conference.
No players or carry over coaches from Lovie Smith's staff attended the press event, though his running back coach in Montreal, Andy Bischoff, was there.
A source told NBC Chicago that Alouettes offensive line coach Pat Meyers was also expected to leave Montreal and join the Bears' staff. Both assistants started their careers in the U.S. or in the NFL.
Kromer was the offensive line coach for the Saints, and served as the team's head coach for six games when their other coaches were suspended for Bountygate. He's previously worked with running backs and tight end, giving him a broad base of knowledge.
DeCamillis will be the special teams coordinator/assistant head coach. He was the special teams coordinator in Dallas.
"I'm glad to have the opportunity to get there. I think it's obviously a great situation," DeCamillis said to ESPN Chicago. "Dave (Toub) has already got the thing going; great tradition there. You've got awesome pieces to work with. So I'm excited to get there for sure."
The toughest job for Trestman will be replacing Rod Marinelli. The defensive coordinator played a huge role in the Bears' dominating defense. Trestman said Marinelli will move on.
Marinelli's role could be filled by existing defensive back coach Jon Hoke, who is expected to meet with Trestman on Friday.