Former Saint running back Heath Evans said Thursday morning on “NFL AM” the reason Kromer was the right choice until Joe Vitt returns from his six-game suspension is that he will continue the marching orders of Sean Payton.
“He’s a fiery guy, he’s a guy that wants detail, he’s a guy that wants structure and ultimately is going to do exactly what Joe Vitt has been doing,” Evans said. “These guys know they’re not the head coach … these guys are going to run things the way Sean Payton chose to run them, which is very unique but it’s also very effective.”
There was some speculation that a different coach, such as offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael or former St. Louis Rams head coach and current Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, could take over the interim² gig. Evans, however, said Kromer is the best man for the temporary job.
“What you want is continuity, you want Pete being able to focus on what Pete needs to focus on and that is keeping No. 9 happy and standing upright,” said Evans, who played for the Saints in 2009 and 2010. “Then you take Aaron Kromer — this guy, he’s been there, he knows it. I think what Sean does is very unique … what the Saints do is very unique, very unusual the way they practice the way they do their walkthroughs. So I think for Spags it will be his first year there he himself is probably still trying to get acquainted how they are going to do Week 1, Week 2, Week 17 structure.”
And could Kromer keep the job for the rest of the season if the Saints start out 6-0 or 5-1?
“No, not a chance, because what is going to get them to that point, and I honestly believe you look at their schedule and they could easily be there,” Evans said. “What’s going to get them there is the structure that Sean Payton has put into place.”