The Chicago Bears hired martial arts expert Joe Kim as assistant strength and skill development coach.
They also promoted Pat Meyer to offensive line coach with Aaron Kromer now operating just as the offensive coordinator after being the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator last season.
Kim has 21 years of experience as a consultant and assistant strength coach. He has worked for eight other NFL teams, most recently as a pass rush consultant with the Chiefs for three years, where he helped develop Pro Bowl linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
Kim has also worked with the Browns, Cowboys, Packers, Broncos, Bills, Dolphins and Giants.
Kim is a 7th Dan Black Belt recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation, Kukkiwon and USA Taekwondo. He has produced over 250 black belts as well as several national and international Champions. He was a multi-time member of the U.S. National Taekwondo team, earning bronze medals at the 1990 Pan Am Games and World Cup. Kim is a two-time U.S. Olympic Festival gold medalist and national champion.
“Joe comes in highly recommended through Phil and some players and coaches I've talked to from around the league,” Bears coach MarcTrestman said. “As in every phase of our team, we are trying to help our players grow and develop in different areas. Adding Joe is part of the ongoing process to help our players improve their collective skill sets.”
Meyer was promoted from assistant offensive line coach. The Bears finished second in the NFL with 445 points scored, establishing team records with 6,109 yards, 32 touchdown passes, 4,450 passing yards and 344 first downs.
“Pat came in with an understanding of the offense and quickly assimilated himself with the players,” Trestman said. “He worked with Aaron, collectively, to not only teach the offensive linemen but to bring them together collectively and cohesively as a group.
“The move will allow Aaron to still be closely connected to the instruction and development of the offensive line while expanding his coordinator duties and free up time to help in the growth of all of our offensive players.”
The Bears allowed 30 sacks last season, fourth-lowest in the NFL as Matt Forte rushed for a career-high 1,339 yards.
“Pat has shown in his time here every capability of coaching the offensive line,” Kromer said. “He's done a great job with the blitz pick-up game that we excelled at this year. He's done a great job so far and he deserves this.
“We have worked well together from Day 1. We have different backgrounds, but we've been able to work together and learn together and be on the same page. Players trust us both, and when you have an atmosphere like that, the players can only get better because of it.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun