Rams add Aaron Kromer as offensive line coach

Los Angeles have brought abroad another coach to the staff under new head coach Sean McVay.

The Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday added another piece to their coaching staff under new head coach Sean McVay with the expected hiring of Aaron Kromer as the next offensive line coach. 

Kromer has spent 11 years in the NFL as an offensive line coach for four different teams. His most recent stint was the last two years for the Buffalo Bills that came after stops with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Oakland Raiders. This included being the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2013 to 2014 and had even held the position of interim coach for the Saints for the first six games of the 2012 season while head coach Sean Payton was out due to the suspension for the bounty scandal. 

The 49-year-old now takes over the tough assignment of having to improve one of the league's worst offensive line over the last couple of seasons. The lack of consistency up front from this unit played a significant part in the team's troubles on that side of the ball. Los Angeles finished the 2016 season ranked last in the league in points per game (14.0), total offensive yards (262.7), and were 31st in passing yards per game (184.4).

Much of these struggles were felt in the running game with Todd Gurley recording just 885 rushing yards with six touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.2 yards per carry. This included falling short of cracking the century mark in any game while tallying fewer than 50 rushing yards seven times and failing to reach the end zone in all but five contests.

In his two seasons with the Bills, the team led the NFL with 5.06 rushing yards per carry, and during his four-year stay with the Saints, he helped coach five players who earned a combined 10 Pro Bowl selections. 

Kromer will have his hands full with the Rams' young starting offensive line that doesn't feature any player older than 28 years and all but Rodger Saffold have five or fewer years of experience in the NFL. His biggest project may come in helping shape former 2015 second round pick Greg Robinson, who leads the NFL with 31 total penalties over the last two years. According to Pro Football Focus, Robinson also graded 73rd out of 80 qualified offensive tackles in the 2016 season. 

The Rams already have the majority of their coaching staff in place under McVay with Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator, Greg Olsen as the quarterbacks coach, Bill Johnson as the defensive line coach, and Joe Barry as the linebackers coach, John Fassel as the special teams coordinator, and Skip Peete as the running backs coach. 


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