When Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt begins his six-game suspension on September 2, he’ll be handing his whistle over to Aaron Kromer.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Kromer will serve as the interim to the interim head coach during Vitt’s suspension.
According to the source, Kromer will work as the head coach for the team’s final two preseason games. While Vitt will run the practices and the meetings, Kromer will have the headset and the red flag during the games themselves, to help both Kromer, the staff, and the players get comfortable in advance of the regular-season opener against the Redskins.
Vitt will return after the October 21 game against the Buccaneers. Because the Saints’ bye falls before the sixth game, Kromer will be in charge of the team for seven total weeks.
The other primary options were offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The decision to go with Kromer allows them to focus on their primary duties. Kromer will continue to coach the offensive line. He also coordinates the running game.
The 45-year-old assistant joined the team in 2008, after stints with the Raiders (2001-04) and the Buccaneers (2005-07). He coached at Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern before taking a job on Jon Gruden’s staff in Oakland.
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