METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looked at the list of those coaches inside the team’s facilities already and knew the decision general manager Mickey Loomis had to name an interim head coach for the interim head coach would be difficult.
But he also knew whatever decision Loomis made would be the right one, including naming offensive line back Aaron Kromer to the position.
“I think we had a bunch of great candidates. Really, there was no wrong choice,” Brees said. “There was a bunch of right choices. But I think by choosing Kromer, it sends a strong message to the team in that hey, this is something we’ve always done to continue to promote from within.”
Kromer will run the ship for the opening six games of the season while Joe Vitt, currently the acting head coach, serves his suspension for his supposed role in not stopping an alleged bounty program.
Brees, along with nearly every one of his teammates reporters talked to Thursday, said the whole thing is being blown out of proportion.
“Yeah. What people don’t realize the type of men we have in this room,” Brees said. “We have leadership, character, a lot of veterans, a lot of guys who have been here for a long time. We know how we do things. We know the way the schedule works. We know what’s expected of us. And then everybody who comes here as a rookie or a free agent, everybody kind of falls in line.”
Brees added, "Everybody is going to continue to have input, but I can’t, despite the circumstances, this is the best scenario we could have asked for.”