In the past two games, one thing is starting to stand out along with the Saints pitiful defense and erratic offense. It is the seemingly all too calm demeanor of interim head coach Aaron Kromer.
The reason that it’s standing out to an outside observer is for the simple fact that we’re so used to seeing Sean Payton lay into a player for wearing the wrong cleats or for exhibiting poor body language after a bad play.
On a Sound FX episode during the 2009 year, microphones caught Payton screaming at who appeared to be kicker Garrett Hartley after a missed kick during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Payton yelled at him to “quit sulking” to which Hartley responded presumably he wasn’t. That’s because Payton screamed back, “Yes you are!” and then said, “Have some n*ts!”
Coach Joe Vitt who took over for Payton during his suspension before he began to serve his, is cut from the same cloth and isn’t afraid to let loose with a yelling, curse-filled tirade to get players in line or grab their attention.
Kromer however says he doesn’t feel the need to yell at a player to get his point across. This is evident in the calm and almost aroma therapy-like press conferences and post games pressers he’s done so far.
Likewise, Kromer takes that approach on the sidelines as well and simply appears to be a bystander or not even there at some points. A sharp contrast from Payton or Vitt running like a mad man to officials questioning a call or lack of one, all while screaming like a banshee.
You could draw a conclusion that his laid back style is almost a direct correlation to the way the Saints are playing right now. Kromer also never seems angry and says that the team is doing “positive” things in practice and vainly attempts to bolster confidence following the past two horrible losses that everything is fine.
Vitt is scheduled to return from his six-game suspension for the October 28th game against the Denver Broncos. If Kromer doesn’t as he put it”right the ship”, then no amount of screaming will be able to undo the Saints season that could be sinking by that time.