A few minutes with Bret Ingalls

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS Saints offensive line coach Bret Ingalls works with players in drills during training camp in Metairie.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS Saints offensive line coach Bret Ingalls works with players in drills during training camp in Metairie.

Bret Ingalls, the Saints former running backs coach and new offensive line coach, talks about the challenge of coaching a new position and replacing Aaron Kromer, who’s now the Bears offensive coordinator:

The Advocate: How have things gone through the first four months of your new job?

Bret Ingalls: The transition’s been good because (offensive line assistant) Frank Smith did a good job getting me going as far as what they’ve done in the past.

TA: How are your “new” players to work with?

BI: These veterans are super people … and they listen and they want to do what’s right.

TA: Did you play offensive line in college?

BI: No, I was a fullback. But that’s just like (being) a guard in the backfield.

TA: Still, it’s not totally foreign to you, is it?

BI: I spent a lot of time coaching O-line in college (at six different stops during his 31-year career), but I’ve coached every position on offense except wide receiver.

TA: Do you look at it as a big challenge?

BI: I don’t think it’s necessarily any more of a challenge than anything I’ve done in the past. The character of these players is important, so that has certainly helped.

TA: What did Sean Payton tell you when he decided to move you to offensive line?

BI: Soon after Aaron had that opportunity in Chicago, Sean called me and told me his plan and I just said, “OK, that sounds good.” When I came here four years ago, there was talk of that at some point, so it was more or less just a matter of when.

Sheldon Mickles