The Los Angeles Rams have taken a huge dent to their coaching staff this offseason. The team has lost Brandon Staley among six others. That list grew on Thursday when the Los Angeles Times reported that Aaron Kromer was leaving Sean McVay’s coaching staff. The two sides allegedly mutually agreed to part ways. According to the Times
“Aaron Kromer, the Rams’ offensive line coach since 2017 and run-game coordinator since 2018, is no longer part of the coach Sean McVay’s staff, people with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.”
The Times added Ben Wilkerson, the New York Giants’ assistant offensive line coach, had interviewed with the Rams for the open position.
Kromer joins Staley, Joe Barry, Aubrey Pleasant, Shane Waldron, Andy Dickerson, and Liam Coen as coaches who have left McVay’s coaching staff this offseason. It’s just one more hole on the coaching staff. Kromer can be credited with helping develop young players on the offensive line like David Edwards, Austin Corbett, and Bobby Evans.
Aaron Kromer has been with the Rams since 2017 and was promoted to run-game coordinator in 2018. According to reports, his son will remain on staff as an offensive quality control coach.
The questions should now start to be asked about Sean McVay. Seven coaches leaving in one offseason is unheard of in the NFL. Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks each left on bad terms last offseason. Jared Goff and McVay’s relationship soured this year.
One has to ask whether or not McVay has become difficult to work with. It’s one thing to take a promotion like Staley did as a head coach. However, a lot of these moves have been lateral. And Kromer’s case, leaving without another job opportunity immediately waiting for him.
When McVay started with the Rams, he brought in coaches like Wade Phillips and let them have control over their units. This way, McVay could focus on the offense. In year five however, McVay could be looking to have more of a say in other areas.
Has McVay become too controlling? We’ll never know, but it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on. In any case, McVay will need to work quickly to fill his coaching staff before we get much deeper in the offseason.