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Saints' Kromer has respect of players

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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

While Aaron Kromer is only the Saints’ interim interim head coach, our sources do not anticipate he will have much of a problem gaining respect from players.

Keeping their respect will be his challenge.

Kromer, New Orleans’ offensive-line coach/running-game coordinator, was selected to fill in for interim head coach Joe Vitt while Vitt serves a six-game suspension to start the regular season. Kromer knows suspended head coach Sean Payton’s system after having served on Payton's staff since 2008 and he is well respected around the league.

This is his first chance to be a head coach, though, and he made it clear that he will lean heavily on his coordinators for advice.

“It is going to be very important in this situation that it is a group effort, that (defensive coordinator) Steve Spagnuolo, (offensive coordinator) Pete Carmichael, and (special-teams coordinator) Greg McMahon feel like we come to every conclusion as a group,” Kromer said Thursday. “If it is a defensive decision, then Steve Spagnuolo is the expert in this building. If it is an offensive decision, then Pete Carmichael is the expert in this building and the same with special teams with Greg McMahon.

“I think it is important that we work together and come up with the best answer.”

The question is, how will Kromer handle in-game decisions when it’s up to him to make the final call and he doesn't have time to consult much with his top assistants?

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