Saints interim coach Aarom Kromer blames distractions on team’s woes
The New Orleans Saints are off to a bad start and they know it. They are sitting at 0-3 after both sides of the ball have failed to shine at critical moments.
Interim coach Aaron Kromer gave comments to the Times Picayune as to how the culture has changed for the worse in New Orleans.
“There’s a lot of reasons why,” Kromer said. “It could be we didn’t practice hard enough in training camp. Maybe we had too many distractions at times and didn’t handle them correctly. We think we’re handling them correctly. We say we are, and I want to say we are. My job is to make sure we are handling them in the correct way.”
“Playing fast on offense and playing fast on defense, that’s all we need to worry about. If we keep thinking that way, good things will happen in the long run.”
When coaches start talking about the long run, that usually means that they don’t have high hopes for the current season.
It’s never a good idea to read between the lines and try to decipher less-than-obvious intentions but that one is begging to be dragged out into the street.
Kromer is most likely doing his very best under the worst of circumstances.
He’s not Sean Payton. He can’t come out and say ‘we should have beat Kansas City but Drew Brees choked down the stretch of the second half.’
He would get run out of town, so there is very little that he can offer the public by way of truthful answers.
Having watched every Saints game thus far, it doesn’t look like what Kromer is saying is matching up with the truth.
If they were getting beat down then perhaps that some weight would be put behind those words when he talks about distractions.
The team as whole would be taking whoopings from start to finish.
In each game thus far, there have been flashes of what they have been recently. They just were not managed or executed correctly.
By-the-numbers they have the worst defense in football yet their offense is teetering on the edge of pulling off wins in spite of that.
The Saints are sitting in the muck of our power rankings not solely because of statistics but also because they have a terrible coaching staff at the moment.
Yes, Kromer it is your job for the moment to make sure things get handled the right way.
But Kromer is an interim head coach for an interim head coach. That’s hardly a formula for success and that’s why Brees can’t afford to make on single mistake on the football field right now.
Payton has the skill set to call phenomenal games when the chips are down, up or in between.
Kromer? Not so much.
But he can’t come right out and say that as it will kill his chances of upward mobility with another team later on down-the-road.
So what should he say?
Right now, as little as possible.