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Saints sought player input in picking Kromer

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The decision to make offensive line coach Aaron Kromer the interim to the interim head coach in New Orleans came from the top of the organization, with owner Tom Benson and G.M. Mickey Loomis making the choice.  But they sought plenty of input from the men whom Kromer will be leading for six games over seven weeks.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the organization solicited input from key players.  What they heard is that Kromer knows how the players prepare and work in the week before the game, and how they prepare and work the night before the game.

It also was decided, we’re told, that team decided that the transition from Kromer back to Joe Vitt after the end of Vitt’s six-game suspension will be easier than the shift from defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo back to Vitt would have been — given that Spagnuolo has been a head coach.

It’s critical that, once Vitt returns, the players aren’t confused about who the coach really is.  Between that factor and the reality that Kromer has four full years of working with suspended coach Sean Payton, the decision to go with Kromer became more clear.

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6 Responses to “Saints sought player input in picking Kromer”
  1. rangers84 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:02 PM

    “Spags” just isn’t a HC.

    A good-very good DC obviously. But when it comes to game management and leadership, he fails miserably.

    Good luck to Kromer. Such a strange situation going on right now in NO

  2. thejuddstir says: Aug 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    Kromer is no more head coach material than I am……..but then neither of us are a threat to Sean Payton either, which is the real reason Spags wasn’t picked. Sean Payton is hoping and wishing the saints* don’t do too well without him, his fingerprints are all over this decision. Payton cares more about himself than he does the saints*

  3. chesslungo says: Aug 22, 2012 9:59 PM

    Why isnt Carmicheal getting any respect? Wasnt he the coach when they hung 62 on Ind? I mean I know it was Ind but still

  4. musicman495 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:41 AM

    thejuddstir says: Aug 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    Kromer is no more head coach material than I am……..but then neither of us are a threat to Sean Payton either, which is the real reason Spags wasn’t picked. Sean Payton is hoping and wishing the saints* don’t do too well without him, his fingerprints are all over this decision. Payton cares more about himself than he does the saints*
    ——————————
    I know you and others think this “Saints*” asterisk business is really clever, but please understand it makes you look foolish because it does not even make any sense. I mean, they are the Saints, right? Is the asterisk supposed to mean that they misbehaved and are not really Saints? In that case, the punctuation should be “Saints.” Or does the asterisk mean they are just imitation Saints, and their real name is actually the Canton Bulldogs?

    Those who want to delude themselves into thinking that two disputed hits on Brett Favre in one game in 2009 means the Saints are not true Super Bowl 44 champions – despite displaying the Lombardi trophy at their team HQ from now until eternity – are welcome to do so. If that floats your boat, I guess the correct punctuation should be Super Bowl 44 Champions*. But whatever it should be for those few who agree with you, “saints*” ain’t it.

  5. nawlinssaints1956 says: Aug 23, 2012 5:39 AM

    Saints fans have no issues with Kromer as HC, so the perception that he is not “HC material” is ludicrous. Let Pete and Spags focus on their responsibilities until Joe is back. Nothing to see here, Saints haters. You might want to focus on how some of your own sorry squads are going to fare this year…

  6. gtodriver says: Aug 23, 2012 6:24 AM

    “It’s critical that, once Vitt returns, the players aren’t confused about who the coach really is.”

    Which clearly illustrates how selecting Vitt to be the interim HC was a poor decision from the start.

    The only one who benefits from this messed up situation is Sean Payton.

    If the Saints tank it this year, it makes it easier for Payton to be the knight in shining armor that rides in on a white horse to “save” the franchise – that he helped screw up.

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