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.