February 13, 2008

Two assistant coaches added to staff: Kromer, Jones

Two assistant coaches have been added to the Saints' coaching staff, recovering Payton from offseason losses.

Former Tampa and Oakland offensive assistant Aaron Kromer, who worked with the offensive line and running game, has been hired as the Saints' runningbacks coach.

Like many new hires by Sean Payton, Kromer has more than ten years coaching in the collegiate ranks at Northwestern University, Miami University of Ohio. He played offensive tackle at Miami-Ohio before joining the school as as a graduate assistant in 1990. He worked with Payton at Miami-Ohio during two seasons when Payton was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1994-1995.

George Henshaw was hired in 2006 as a runningbacks coach and senior offensive assistant and is without ceremony no longer with the team.

The other new assistant is Travis Jones, who will assistant new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Jones coached defensive ends for Miami last season, where the Dolphins ran elements of both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme.

Jones coached defensive line at Louisiana State and the University of Kansas and played as a defensive lineman at the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1995. Jones was also heavily involved in recruiting at LSU and Appalachian State, where he coached linebackers. Jones worked for Nick Saban at LSU and with the Dolphins.

Jones replaces Dennis Allen, who was promoted from assistant defensive line coach to secondary coach.

The hiring of Kromer and Jones follows a trend of Payton coaches who have strong collegiate coaching experience.

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