As more and more details emerge, things only look worse for Aaron Kromer. The new Buffalo Bills offensive line coach allegedly pushed, punched and threatened to kill a minor's family over beach chairs.
Kromer will get his day in court and there are always two sides to every story. But this does not look good, and the police report Monday includes two witnesses supporting the claim that Kromer hit the boy. Not to mention, after Kromer went back inside, his son helped retrieve the boys' fishing pole.
The coach could be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy and the Bills will have a decision to make themselves.
If the team does decide to fire Kromer, it could bring back last year's offensive line coach Pat Morris, as Gleason notes. Or head coach Rex Ryan could promote the assistant offensive line coach he already has on staff, Kurt Anderson.
Who is Anderson? A few notes...
--- This will be Anderson's fourth year with the Bills, so he has worked on multiple staffs. It is noteworthy that Ryan decided to retain Anderson from the previous regime. He is considered an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks.
--- One key question Ryan must ask: Who was responsible for the Bills' success up front in 2013 and problems in 2014? In 2013, the Bills ranked second in rushing (144.2 yards per game; 4.2 per carry). And last season, the Bills ranked 25th (92.6 yards per game; 3.7 per carry). Doug Marrone? Morris? Anderson? The health of C.J. Spiller? Knowing Anderson's role through this all is important. Buffalo's offensive identity this season will begin and end with the running game --- the new lead back (LeSean McCoy) and two new guards (Richie Incognito and rookie John Miller).
--- Before coming to Buffalo, Anderson spent five seasons at Eastern Michigan. He served as the run game coordinator 2010- '12. In 2011, Eastern Michigan rushed for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns on 575 carries as the 16th-best run game in the nation. The 2,620 yards was the second-highest total in school history (1987). In 2010, Eastern Michigan rushed for 2,080 yards.
--- Prior to Eastern Michigan, Anderson was a graduate assistant at Michigan, where he worked with current Cleveland Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller and eventful No. 1 overall pick, Jake Long. With the Wolverines he also worked in defensive quality control.
--- As a player at Michigan, Anderson was a two-year letter-winner on the offensive line in 2000- '01. The center was named the team's top offensive lineman and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in 2001. He was a rookie free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002 before getting into coaching.
--- Anderson is much younger than Kromer, turning 37 years old in August.
--- One major advantage Anderson has over outside candidates? He has worked with this new, reconfigured offensive line all off-season. Through OTA's and minicamp, he was there with rookie Miller, with Cyrus Kouandjio at right tackle and this new offense under Greg Roman. As Miller said, the Bills will have a complex mix of man and zone-blocking schemes. It could be difficult to break in a new coach with training camp right around the corner.
We'll see how this Kromer situation plays out. At some point, the Bills will need to make some football decisions.