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The Saints have said throughout training camp that they believed they could weather their unprecedented bounty sanctions because most top assistant coaches and veteran leaders on the roster, such as Brees, have been in New Orleans for most of Payton’s first six seasons, including the championship season of 2009-10.

“The thing we have here is a lot of quality assistant coaches,” Kromer said earlier in training camp. “We’ll still work as a family and as a group and get this thing done in a collective fashion the way Sean Payton trained us to do.

“We all have our own job to do as well. This is unprecedented. There is no right or wrong,” Kromer said. “But really it’s a fill-in job to run the program the way Sean would run it. … Everyone on the staff agrees that that’s the way it’s going to happen.”

Kromer played offensive line at Miami, Ohio, and also began his coaching career there in 1990. He has spent his last 11 seasons in the NFL as an assistant with Oakland (2001-04) under John Gurden and Bill Callahan, Tampa Bay (2005-07 under Gruden), and New Orleans (2008-present).

“We have great talent and depth on our coaching staff,” Vitt said. “But most importantly we have guys on this coaching staff that clearly understand the foundation of success that Sean has built, and I feel great that Aaron and the rest of the staff will continue to build on that foundation.”