MOBILE, Ala. — Joe Vitt isn’t worried about how the Saints are going to replace offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
It’s not that the Saints won’t miss him – they will, he said. It’s that Vitt is comfortable with how the situation will be handled by Sean Payton, who is still serving his suspension.
“I can promise you this – Sean knows what he wants and what direction he wants to go and I haven’t talked to him,” Vitt said. “But when his feet hit the ground in the next eight or nine days, man, it’s going to be pedal to the metal and we’re going back to the gym. It’s going to be dirty and it’s going to stink and it’s going to be hot but we’re going back to the gym.”
Kromer left New Orleans to become the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears under newly-hired coach Marc Trestman. The move left a hole in the Saints’ game-planning routine; Kromer was involved in designing run plays and coming up with the running game plan each week.
That alone will be reason enough to miss Kromer.
“It’s huge loss,” Vitt said. “Aaron is very, very talented. His players believe in him. Ever since Aaron came in here, we’ve been able to run the ball, protect the quarterback.”
Said offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, “I think any time you lose a guy like that it’s going to be hard to replace.”
Both said Kromer is ready for the jump.
“Absolutely,” Carmichael said. “He’s been doing that part with the run game for us the last three or four years for us. He’s ready for that.”
Added Vitt, “This is something that’s the next progression for Aaron, to go and become and offensive coordinator and be more active in the play-calling and this is what he wanted and we’re proud of him."