Sept. 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; New Orleans Saints interim head Aaron Kromer during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
Head coach Sean Payton will have a full agenda upon his return to the New Orleans Saints. While the evaluation of players and staff will be one task, he will also be tasked with finding a new offensive line coach.
It was announced early Wednesday morning that Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer had departed the team and was brought on as the new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears.
Kromer had been thought to be a candidate for a potential head coaching job and after the slashing done a few weeks ago on Black Monday it looked like it could be a possibility especially after ift was found that his contract had expired and made him a coaching free agent.
The Bears turned North of the border in order to find a head coach though and hired Marc Trestman of the Canadian Football League who was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes.
Whoever the Saints bring in will have some big shoes to fill after Kromer, who began the offensive line coach position in 2009, has helped send numerous Saints offensive linemen to the Pro Bowl and garner two Madden Most Valuable Protectors Awards(2009 and 2011 seasons).
This past season the line struggled as Kromer tried to play double duties of interim head coach and offensive line coach as well. Injuries decimated the group that included offensive tackles Zach Strief, Charles Brown, and guard Eric Olsen and quarterback Drew Brees was on the ground quite a bit.
Still, Kromer’s position will need to be filled rather quickly in order to snag a good candidate unless the Saints promote from within. Frank Smith, who joined the team in 2010, is currently the assistant offensive line coach for the Saints and could be bumped up.
The only issue with finding a replacement is that Payton is still waiting to be reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell which should be right after the completion of Super Bowl XLVII.