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Happy Trails Kromer!

Aaron Kromer, the Saints' former offensive line coach/running game coordinator, may be the only person with the organization last season to benefit from the bounty scandal.

The negative headlines and 7-9 record didn't stop Kromer from joining the Chicago Bears this week as offensive coordinator. 

For the first six weeks of the season, Kromer served as the interim to the interim head coach, Joe Vitt. The Saints started the season 0-4 before rebounding to win their final two games with Kromer in charge.

During this stretch, Kromer was praised by Saints players for keeping the locker room intact and belittled by former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson on Fox's Sunday Pregame Show - Johnson said an offensive line coach like Kromer didn't have enough respect or authority to demand excellence of players - or else. 

It is true that Kromer's public persona wasn't nearly as cavalier as that of Vitt, who returned after his six-game bounty suspension. But Kromer's message, if nothing else, was steady. 

Who knew it mark one of his final moments with the franchise.

"He got a great opportunity, he's got to take that," Cameron Jordan said Wednesday. "I wish him well."

Kromer, who in August said he has head coaching aspirations, also said he planned to treat the interim job not as an audition, but as "a holdover."

"A line coach has a process that he should go through (to become a head coach)," said Kromer, who interviewed for the head job in Indianapolis and was scheduled to interview in St. Louis before the Rams decided on Jeff Fisher.

"When you wake up in the morning, you decide what that process is, you follow it, and at the end of the day you evaluate whether it was a good process or not. Luckily enough, I have been through and been around a lot of good head coaches. It is easier to see how this thing is supposed to run."