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Bears hire Kromer, DeCamillis as coordinators

Bears hire Kromer, DeCamillis as coordinators

CHICAGO (AP) New Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman wasted little time assembling his staff after being hired on Wednesday, bringing in two coordinators.

Chicago hired New Orleans Saints line coach Aaron Kromer as its line coach and offensive coordinator and Dallas' Joe DeCamillis as its assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. The Bears announced the moves on Wednesday, hours after Trestman was hired to replace the fired Lovie Smith.

Kromer served as the Saints' head coach for six games this season while interim head coach Joe Vitt was suspended for his role in the bounty scandal. Saints coach Sean Payton had to sit out the season.

Kromer has been with New Orleans since 2008, coaching running backs for a year before moving over to the offensive line.

During his time as the line coach, the Saints tied for the fewest sacks allowed with 96 and had five blockers combine to make nine Pro Bowls - tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jon Stinchcomb, guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks and center Jonathan Goodwin.

Kromer and Trestman worked together on the Oakland Raiders' staff from 2001 to 2003.

DeCamillis has coached or coordinated special teams in the NFL for 25 years - the past four with Dallas - and worked in Atlanta when Bears general manager Phil Emery was the Falcons' college scouting director. He interviewed for Chicago's head coaching job but is joining Trestman's staff, instead. He replaces Dave Toub, who left to take a similar job under Andy Reid in Kansas City.

Dallas' Dwayne Harris was second in the league at 16.1 yards per punt return this season while kicker Dan Bailey tied for second in field goal accuracy at 93.5 percent, converting 29 of 31 attempts.

Now, DeCamillis will oversee a group that consistently ranked among the best during Toub's nine seasons, with stars such as return specialist Devin Hester and kicker Robbie Gould. They had one of the top coverage units this season with Eric Weems and Blake Costanzo.

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: There's a lot of shuffling going on already

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: There's a lot of shuffling going on already

After one week in the NFL, you try not to overreact. Two weeks into the season, however, and you begin to see some trends.

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Of course, you should still take a measured approach with the NFL, because things often change so much in a span of seven days. With that being said, it's time to start taking the following things seriously:

1) The Bucs. Ryan Fitzpatrick won't keep this up all season long, but he's done it against the Saints and the Eagles and neither win was that stressful. It's still hard to envision them really mattering in December, but so far, they've climbed in NBCSportsWashington.com's NFL power rankings.

2) The Steelers issues. Le'Veon Bell is nowhere to be seen and now Antonio Brown is blowing up on the sideline then missing practices. Pittsburgh will pretend that everything's OK, but this has been a very non-Pittsburgh start to the schedule.That doesn't even mention their defensive woes.

3) The Jaguars, and not just their defense. Blake Bortles isn't better than Tom Brady every week but he was in Week 2. It was nice seeing that offense do their part in a crucial victory, because their defense has already proved itself plenty.

There are plenty of more takeaways to digest, including a new team at the top of the list and plenty of more action throughout. You know the Bills are at the bottom, but check out the updated rankings to see where everyone else lands.

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Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

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Vernon Davis reacts to brother Vontae Davis' abrupt retirement

Easily the most talked about story following Week 2 in the NFL was the abrupt retirement of Buffalo Bills' cornerback, Vontae Davis. 

Not once in the history of the NFL has there been a mid-game retirement, which caused plenty of reason for a stir.

Davis' brother Vernon, Redskins' tight end, took to social media Tuesday to address his younger brother's abrupt retirement via Instagram. An inspirational video containing photos of the two brothers and a voice-over was a fitting tribute to the younger Davis' time in the NFL.

"I feel like I retired because we’re so close and I look at him as he’s my son even though he’s my younger brother," Vernon said in the Instagram post.

Vontae was signed by the Buffalo Bills in February 2018 on a one-year deal. He had been in the NFL since 2009 with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts. 

Despite the drama surrounding what seemed like an impulsive decision to many, Vontae was inactive for his first week with the Bills and did not see the field in Week 2. 

See Vernon's tribute to his brother on Instagram below: