LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears promoted Pat Meyer to offensive line coach and hired Joe Kim to their coaching staff as assistant strength/skill development coach.
Meyer spent the 2013 season as the Bears assistant offensive line coach as Chicago's offensive line allowed just 30 sacks in 2013, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL. Along with Aaron Kromer, who will hold the title of offensive coordinator and continue to be involved in all aspects of the offense including the offensive line, Meyer helped develop 2013 first-round draft pick Kyle Long into a Pro Bowler during his rookie season. In 2013, the Bears offensive line also helped pave way for Pro Bowl RB Matt Fortè's career-high 1,339 rushing yards, which rank ninth most in franchise history and more than any Bears player other than Hall of Famer Walter Payton.
"Pat came in with an understanding of the offense and quickly assimilated himself with the players," head coach Marc 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."
Kim has 21 years of experience as a consultant and assistant strength coach. He most recently worked in the NFL as a pass rush consultant with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-12, helping develop Pro Bowl LBs Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Kim has also been a consultant with the New York Giants (2010), Buffalo Bills (2009), Penn State University (2009-10), the Denver Broncos (2007), Green Bay Packers (2005), Miami Dolphins (2001-06) and Dallas Cowboys (1998). He got his start in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns as an assistant strength coach/pass rush specialist from 1992-95, his first of two stints with the team (1999-2000).
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 including earning a bronze medal 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 [General Manager] Phil [Emery] and some players and coaches I've talked to from around the league," Trestman 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."