The New Orleans Saints are currently going through a transition. After ending their “bountygate” season at 7-9, the team is looking to regroup and come back better in the 2013 season. The Saints have locked up head coach Sean Payton for five years and he was recently reinstated. With Payton back at the helm, the future looks bright for the Saints.
The Saints were able to get Payton back but unfortunately, they have lost some other coaches in the process. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer left the Saints to become the new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach of the Chicago Bears. Kromer was instrumental in developing the Saints offensive line into one of the best units in the NFL, and the Saints will definitely miss him. It appears the Saints will retain offensive coordinator, Pete Carmichael Jr, as the team and Carmichael are working on a new contract.
With Kromer gone but with Carmichael and Payton staying the Saints’ offense should be fine. However, this week it was announced that assistant special teams coach, Mike Mallory, will be leaving the Saints as he has accepted another job.
Mallory is the new special teams coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars. With Mallory’s departure, Payton now has two coaching vacancies that he will need to fill. However, you cannot blame Mallory for leaving because he took a job that is career advancement for him. I know the Saints will miss Mallory but I also know that they are happy for him.
With Mallory and Kromer off to other teams Payton needs to move fast to replace the two coaches. The Saints need consistency and having their entire coaching staff will help with that. The Saints have lost a few coaches so far but they still have Payton, and I know between him and general manager Mickey Loomis, they will find quality replacements.