New Orleans Saints
There is plenty of blame to go around for the New Orleans Saints' 0-3 start. While no one expected the Saints' defense to become the Dome Patrol 2 in 2012, the struggles on offense are shocking. Although New Orleans is compiling impressive total yards on offense, turnovers and sacks are costing the Saints wins.
The offensive line coach for New Orleans has made no secret of the fact that he would like to become a permanent NFL head coach. Serving as the Saints interim interim head coach should have been Aaron Kromer's dream job. Kromer had six games to be the head coach of a 13-3 team with a chip on its shoulder.
Instead, the Saints have already matched their total losses in 2011 through Week 3. Aaron Kromer has also angered Saints' fans with his placid demeanor on the sidelines and his bizarre statement in a press conference guaranteeing New Orleans would have a winning season.
While I won't deny or downplay any of these complaints against Kromer, I've noticed another disturbing trend this season. As I alluded to earlier, the Saints' offensive line has never been this bad since 2006. In fact, the offensive line has already given up seven sacks. Coaching the offensive line is Aaron Kromer's day job in New Orleans.
Most Saints' fans probably see where this article is going and they may already be screaming that Sean Payton had no problem being effective as both the New Orleans head coach and play caller. But Payton is an extraordinary individual and not everyone is capable of wearing two coaching hats.
I have no idea how Aaron Kromer is handling his offensive line coaching duties during the week so I won't even address that. But I do know that of the seven sacks given up by New Orleans' offensive line, four have come in the fourth quarter. So Kromer is clearly not able to help the offensive line make adjustments during games like he should.
The offensive line has done a decent job of run blocking, but with our atrocious defense giving up points like a New Orleans truck parade gives out beads on Mardi Gras Day, pass protection is critical late in games. And through three games, it certainly seems like Aaron Kromer may be in over his head.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of the New Orleans Saints. Patrick's favorite Saints season was 2009 when New Orleans won Super Bowl 44. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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