While we continue to await official word on when the Buffalo Bills will be moving on from embattled offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports that when it inevitably happens, the team already has a replacement lined up.
Kurt Anderson, the team's assistant offensive line coach, will be promoted to Kromer's post when the inevitable occurs, per Carucci. A former run-game coordinator at Eastern Washington, Anderson was retained by head coach Rex Ryan after serving as the assistant offensive line coach for two years under Doug Marrone.
"The main reason Anderson wasn't immediately promoted to offensive line coach was that Ryan and (Greg) Roman didn't know all that much about him," writes Carucci. "Ryan and Roman have since discovered that he has at least sufficient enough knowhow to help them out of the potential jam that would be caused by Kromer's firing."
Roman is installing his own unique run-blocking scheme, and has a background in coaching linemen, but as the offensive coordinator, he can't be everywhere at once on the practice field. Anderson, in his likely new role, would be charged with teaching Roman's scheme, and making sure the offensive chief knows which players are performing best. That's an important duty for a Bills team that saw a massive regression up front over the last two years.
Kromer, who was arrested on July 12 for allegedly punching a minor and threatening his family, is scheduled to appear in court in Florida on August 12. The Bills placed him on indefinite paid administrative leave on July 14.