Aaron Kromer’s tenure as interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints ended this week as Joe Vitt was reinstated. Vitt finished serving his six-game suspension for his role in the Saints’ alleged bounty scandal that was all the talk this past summer. The Saints are happy to have Vitt back and he is very happy to be back.
For his part, Kromer helped orchestrate a two-game winning streak back in week five. Kromer did all he could do with Vitt out and coached the Saints to a more manageable 2-4 record. Kromer will return to his duties as the offensive line coach and it was nice for him to earn a victory in his last game as interim head coach.
Vitt would like to carry the momentum over as he assumes the head coach position and would like to extend Kromer’s two-game win streak. Vitt’s main concern at the moment is the Saints’ defense which is currently worst in the NFL.
The Saints gave up a season high 513 yards of offense to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Even though the Saints were able to pull out a 35-28 victory, Vitt knows that the defense is the main concern for the Saints at the moment.
The Saints give up an NFL worst 465.5 yards of offense per game. Furthermore, the Saints are ranked 30th in pass defense as they give up 305.2 passing yards per game, and they are ranked 31st in rushing defense allowing 160.3 yards per game on the ground. The Saints’ defense must improve if they hope to extend their winning streak because they cannot always depend on their offense no matter how great it is.
When he is not assuming the position of interim head coach Vitt is the linebackers coach for the Saints. Therefore, I would look for Vitt to pay more attention to the defense of the Saints and work with defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, on a game plan to fix the Saints’ defense.
Having Jonathan Vilma back certainly boosts the morale of the defense but the play must improve. Vitt knows what he has to do and the organization trusts him to fill in for Sean Payton and he can help the Saints’ defense.
The Saints will be visiting the Denver Broncos on Sunday and squaring off against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Peyton Manning. If Vitt can help the Saints’ defense overcome the play of Manning then I would say they will be in good shape. Manning is a great test for the Saints’ defense and hopefully Vitt and the defense can deliver come Sunday.