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)

   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.