Saints lose offensive line coach Kromer to Bears

When he returns to work, likely the day after Super Bowl XLVII, suspended Saints coach Sean Payton will have to start by filling in at least one hole in his coaching staff.

Saints offensive line coach/running game coordinator Aaron Kromer on Wednesday joined the staff of new Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman, whose hiring was announced earlier that morning.

Kromer, who’ll be the Bears’ offensive coordinator/offensive line coach, and Trestman worked together with the Oakland Raiders from 2001-03 when Trestman was the offensive coordinator there.

Kromer posted a 2-4 record as the Saints interim coach when interim coach Joe Vitt was serving a bounty suspension for the first six games of the season. Kromer joined Payton’s staff in 2008.

After coaching running backs in 2008, Kromer took over the offensive line in 2009. That year, he coached a group that won the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award as the league’s top offensive line when the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV. They also won the Madden Award in 2011.

In his time working with the offensive line, Kromer had two players — guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks — named first-team All-Pro with Evans earning that honor this season for the fourth straight time.

Kromer also had five Pro Bowl players — Evans, Nicks, center Jonathan Goodwin, and tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jon Stinchcomb — with nine invites between them from 2009-12.