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Saints choose Aaron Kromer to serve as the interim coach for Joe Vitt

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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.

(Photo credit:  Saints.com)

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32 Responses to “Saints choose Aaron Kromer to serve as the interim coach for Joe Vitt”
  1. purplegreenandgold says: Aug 22, 2012 6:46 PM

    EXCELLENT CHOICE!!!

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 22, 2012 6:46 PM

    Who won their office pool?

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 22, 2012 6:52 PM

    Who dat? Redskins. I believe the Redskins beat the Saints* 34-20 on opening day in a grand debut for RGIII in the NFL.

  4. franktherat96 says: Aug 22, 2012 6:53 PM

    This is the reason for the decision and I agree with it.

    ——-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.——–

  5. Wisconsin77 says: Aug 22, 2012 6:57 PM

    7 – 9

  6. tearsofhaten says: Aug 22, 2012 6:59 PM

    Smart move!

  7. therealraiderduck says: Aug 22, 2012 7:01 PM

    Wait a minute. I thought Aaron Kromer being Joe Vitt’s interim guy had been announced MONTHS ago. There was even a column on some major sports website excoriating the Saints for doing it this way, as Pete Carmichael (who interviewed for the head coaching position with two separate teams) would have been able to fill in for the entire year with no interruptions.

  8. patfic15 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:02 PM

    Redskins win first week. Ridiculous.
    7-9. Ridiculous.
    Stop. You’re better than this.

  9. jaguar187 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:03 PM

    So what happens if the interim to the interim wins all his games? Why would you go back to the interim? What if Vitt goes 8-2?

    This has a strong possibility of being a train wreck, or unprecedented success that’ll make you wonder why the bother to pay Payton millions of dollars.

  10. fin72 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:03 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t name Sean Payton’s 5-year old son interim Head Coach the same way the Rams just named Gregg Williams’ son D-Coordinator.

  11. gtodriver says: Aug 22, 2012 7:15 PM

    franktherat96 says:

    “——-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.——–”

    On the thread yesterday we were told by “knowledgeable” Saints fans that Loomis had it all under control and it would be Spags…

    Spags has HC experience in the NFL – and arguably his selection would have made sense.

    Kromer currently works for Carmichael – what a vote of confidence for Pete…

    Yeah, don’t put the coach with the best credentials and experience in charge – take the offensive line coach and put him in charge???

  12. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 22, 2012 7:15 PM

    Boom or bust, big guy. This is how legends are born, if you have the stones!

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 22, 2012 7:19 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Aug 22, 2012 6:52 PM
    Who dat? Redskins. I believe the Redskins beat the Saints* 34-20 on opening day in a grand debut for RGIII in the NFL.
    _____
    You continue to troll Saints posts with your drivel.
    I trust you’ll be back here within hours of the game if RGIII is 3-15 with 67 yards passing and one rushing touchdown.

  14. Andre's Johnson says: Aug 22, 2012 7:21 PM

    There is no bye week in the NFL regular season. It’s an open week. A bye is earned by virtue of merit. It’s simply an off-week, not a bye.

  15. franktherat96 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:21 PM

    _______________________________
    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Aug 22, 2012 6:52 PM
    Who dat? Redskins. I believe the Redskins beat the Saints* 34-20 on opening day in a grand debut for RGIII in the NFL.

    ______________________

    LOL….thanks…I need a good laugh today.

  16. vols84 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:32 PM

    Am I the only one that finds it odd that there is an interim to the interim head coach? Why not just have one throughout the season for continuity? And I realize Vitt is out 6 games.

  17. franktherat96 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:49 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Aug 22, 2012 7:15 PM
    franktherat96 says:

    “——-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.——–”

    On the thread yesterday we were told by “knowledgeable” Saints fans that Loomis had it all under control and it would be Spags…

    Spags has HC experience in the NFL – and arguably his selection would have made sense.

    Kromer currently works for Carmichael – what a vote of confidence for Pete…

    Yeah, don’t put the coach with the best credentials and experience in charge – take the offensive line coach and put him in charge???
    _____________________________

    Had Spags been…say in his second your here, his defense already installed I believe spags would have been the choice. But if you look at hit this way, Kromer is the best option. Kromer was was asked to interview for I believe for the Raiders HC job before Allen got it. Pete Carmichael, with Sean out gets to focus solely on running the offense. He doesn’t have to worry about any HC duties. Spags, being his first year and still getting his defensive style together gets to focus solely on his defense.

    The Saints are faced with something that no other team has faced before losing their head coach and assistant head coach(Vitt for 6 games). The boat has been rocked quite a bit by that….you don’t want to rock it anymore by putting too many items for one guy to handle.

    As a Saints fan I agree with this decision….but thats me

  18. robert831 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:57 PM

    I hope the taints get moved to LA!

  19. robert831 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    Do you hear that sound? That is the Aints imploding.

  20. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2012 8:26 PM

    Isn’t Aaron Kromer the sausage king of Chicago?

  21. harryglyphics says: Aug 22, 2012 8:29 PM

    There are two kind of people in the world: Those that believe in Drew and those that don’t.
    We believe.

    We would rather have NO coach than San Diego’s.

  22. gtodriver says: Aug 22, 2012 8:43 PM

    franktherat96 says:

    “But if you look at hit this way, Kromer is the best option. Kromer was was asked to interview for I believe for the Raiders HC job before Allen got it.”

    I don’t really know enough about Kromer to say that he couldn’t be a wonderful HC. It’s just not “normal” for a guy to go from offensive line coach to HC.

    But if he is, in fact, the best option, than Loomis should have made him the “interim” HC for the whole season and not put Vitt in place – knowing that Vitt was suspended also.

    It just makes the whole situation in New Orleans look like more of a circus.

  23. realfootballfan says: Aug 22, 2012 8:56 PM

    Interesting that not only will he be the interim coach, but he also seems to get mentioned on coaching short lists over Carmichael, who to my knowledge rarely comes up. I know it’s Payton’s offense, but usually guys coordinating such a successful unit still get some play, certainly more often than the offensive line coach.

  24. musicman495 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:00 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 22, 2012 6:52 PM

    Who dat? Redskins. I believe the Redskins beat the Saints* 34-20 on opening day in a grand debut for RGIII in the NFL.
    ———————
    I will be wearing Burgundy and Gold in the Dome on September 9, but Skins fans should have no illusions about difficulty of beating Saints at home – interim or no interim.

  25. packhawk04 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:16 PM

    As tony damato said in any given sunday…

    “This is what being a head coach is all about son… can you handle it?”

  26. ascensionparish says: Aug 22, 2012 9:32 PM

    robert831 says:Aug 22, 2012 7:57 PM

    I hope the taints get moved to LA!
    ————————————————-
    They’re already in Louisiana, silly-goose.

  27. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 22, 2012 10:09 PM

    I hope the saints moonwalk all over the redskins and little bob griffin in wk 1 HEE HEEE

  28. nosaints says: Aug 22, 2012 11:52 PM

    “robert831 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:57 PM

    I hope the taints get moved to LA!”
    “Do you hear that sound? That is the Aints imploding.”

    ROBERT831 — BTW the Vikings are gonna suck yet again this year… there’s still a chance they move to L.A.

    Oh, I forgot, did you hear?? The Saints beat the Vikings on their way to winning the Superbowl. You should know, the Vikings have been a DOORMAT to the Superbowl several times already LOL

  29. jpb12 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:49 AM

    Saints are going to have an off-year and rebound next year with Payton and order restored.

    If the players respect this guy and the Spags and Carmicheal control their side of the ball for 6 weeks, they’ll be fine

  30. rugdog100 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:23 AM

    Who’s going to fill in for Kromer when he gets suspended?

  31. silentcount says: Aug 23, 2012 11:55 AM

    And why exactly is Sean Payton not coaching? Repeating Goodell’s accusations as fact, like little school girls, is not enough of a reason. The red faced commish still hasn’t shown clear proof that a pay-to-injure bounty system occurred in JUST ONE game, let alone every game for 3 seasons as he originally charged. Time for Sean to return and Goodell to go.

  32. nomercy2012 says: Aug 23, 2012 5:24 PM

    No sure why people are so perplexed about having Kromer fill in for Vitt.

    Yeah, Vitt is suspended 6 games – but he’s still the “next man up” after Payton. Plus, he was able to be there and run things for ALL of mini camp, ALL of training camp, and ALL of the preseason games. Unlike Payton who got bounced way back in April.

    As for Carmichael – I’m not 100% sure but I don’t remember him interviewing for any HC jobs. I’m pretty sure that was just Kromer. I don’t think Carmichael really aspires to take on the HC headaches at this point. I highly doubt that he considers it a lack of confidence – especially since he’s been calling the plays for the offense since Payton went down with his knee injury last season.

    Personally, I think the Saints are going to surprise a lot of people with how well they handle this off season from hell. And I for one, can’t wait!

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