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Saints Make Coaching Changes

After losing their offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Doug Marone last month to Syracuse University, the New Orleans Saints have filled their offensive coaching positions through promotions of current staff and a hire from Northwestern University.

Former quarterbacks coach Pete Carmichael has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Carmichael has been with the Saints staff since Payton arrived in 2006, twice turning down offers to become the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins.

Former running backs coach Aaron Kromer has been promoted to offensive line coach /running game. Kromer is an 18-year coaching veteran who had been the offensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2005 to 2007 and with the Oakland Raiders from 2002 to 2004. He was the assistant offensive line coach for the Raiders in 2001.

Former offensive assistant Joe Lombardi has been promoted to quarterbacks coach. Lombardi has been with the Saints the last two seasons, working primarily with the passing attack. In 2005, he was a defensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons. He is the grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi.

The Saints also hired Bret Ingalls as the running backs coach. Ingalls was the offensive line/running backs coach at Northwestern University from 2006 to 2008. Before that, Ingalls has worked primarily on the offensive side of the ball with tight ends, the offensive line, and running backs at the college level.

In 2008, Ingalls’ offensive line averaged 141.8 rushing yards per game and allowed the second fewest sacks in the Big 10 despite playing five new starters and in 2007 his offensive line blocked for the Big 10’s top rated passing attack.

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