Offensive line coach and running game coordinator Aaron Kromer has been named the team's interim head coach for the first six games, while interim head coach Joe Vitt is suspended for six games for the bounty scandal and coverup, who himself is the interim head coach while Sean Payton is suspended for the season for the same reasons.
Kromer was hired in February 2008 to join the Saints' coaching staff, when many hires on the Saints' coaching staff had strong college coaching backgrounds. After one year as runningbacks coach, Kromer was promoted to offensive line coach and running game coordinator. Kromer had more than ten years coaching in the collegiate ranks at Northwestern University, Miami University of Ohio. An offensive lineman himself at Miami-Ohio, he also coached the offensive line for the 2002 Oakland Raiders when they went to Super Bowl XXXVIII.
It has been long thought that Kromer would replace Vitt during the six game stretch, leaving offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. to coach the offense and new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to focus on the defense.
The Saints did not confirm that Kromer would replace Vitt until today. Kromer was linked to two head coaching jobs over the offseason in St. Louis and Indianapolis.