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Posted at 08:37 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Aaron Kromer will coach New Orleans Saints for the first six games, including the opener against the Redskins

The New Orleans Saints named Aaron Kromer, their offensive line and running game coach, to serve as their head coach in the first six games of the season.

   That means that Kromer will serve in that role when the Saints host the Washington Redskins in the regular-season opener on Sept. 9.

New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, left, offensive line and running game coach Aaron Kromer, center, and assistant offensive line coach Frank Smith run drills during training camp on Aug. 14. (Gerald Herbert - Associated Press)
   “This was a difficult decision because we have several coaches on our staff that would do a great job in this role,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in a written statement. “Ultimately, I wanted to have the least amount of change with both the offensive and defensive staffs, and maintain the most continuity with the program that has been in place for the last six years.”

   Saints Coach Sean Payton was suspended by the NFL for the entire season for his role in the team’s bounty scandal, in which the league concluded that players received cash payments for hits that injured opponents. Saints players disciplined in the scandal have denied that.   

The Saints named assistant head coach Joe Vitt their interim head coach. But he was suspended by the league for the first six games of the season in the bounty scandal.

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