(METAIRIE, La) — The New Orleans Saints chose offensive line coach Aaron Kromer to take over the head coaching duties for the first six games of the upcoming season.
He will be the interim head coach while assistant Joe Vitt serves a suspension as a result of the NFL’s bounty investigation.
Vitt was first tabbed as the interim when head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season for his role in the alleged pay-to-injure program.
“This was a difficult decision because we have several coaches on our staff that would do a great job in this role,” general manager Mickey Loomis said. “Ultimately, I wanted to have the least amount of change with both the offensive and defensive staffs, and maintain the most continuity with the program that has been in place for the last six years.”
Kromer, who has coached with Payton in college and the NFL, remains optimistic despite the rash of suspensions.
“Coach Payton has laid a successful foundation here and our jobs are to make sure we keep moving in that direction,” Kromer said.
He has spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL, and has been with the Saints since 2008.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN