Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. ― Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed that line coach Aaron Kromer is planning on interviewing for the head coach opening in St. Louis.
But that’s all he said he’d confirm.
Kromer, 44, has never been an NFL coordinator, working mostly with the offensive line and running backs in his career, which has included stops with Tampa Bay, Oakland, Northwestern and Miami (Ohio).
Payton said that doesn’t matter.
“In our league, it’s a very small circle,” Payton said. “I think people know the talents prior to beginning a job search and what they’re looking for. He’s been a good addition for us.”
Kromer helped guide three starting linemen to Pro Bowl berths this season – guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks as starters and left tackle Jermon Bushrod as a backup.
In two of the past three seasons, behind a Kromer-coached line, the Saints have finished with a top eight run attack.
It would be another notch in Payton’s coaching tree belt. Former offensive coordinator Doug Marrone took over Syracuse after the 2008 season while receivers coach Curtis Johnson was named head coach at Tulane early this winter.
“Again, he’s a big reason for our success offensively,” Payton said. “These types of things come with the success we’re having.”