Saints choose Joe Vitt to be their interim coach during Sean Payton's suspension

Saints find their interim coach, now searching for an interim interim coach

4/12/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton walks the field before the game against the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-28. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIREThe Saints have chosen assistant coach Joe Vitt to serve as the interim coach while Sean Payton serves his one-year suspension for the team's bounty program.

If you're wondering why Vitt's name sounds familiar, it's because he's one of the guys who was suspended in the BountyGate fallout.

Yes, you read that correctly. The Saints have named Joe Vitt, who will be suspended for 6 games, the interim coach while Sean Payton is suspended.

One would think the Saints would find someone who could coach the entire year, but now they're still looking for someone who can be the interim coach while their interim coach is suspended.

So far, it looks like it will be offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.

The whole situation is rather messy, since the Saints clearly have no interest in finding anything more than a temporary replacement for Payton. Most potential candidates don't want to take a job as a lame duck coach, especially if it eliminates them from consideration for a future opening.

It should be interesting to see how this year goes for the Saints. It's not looking too great so far.
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4/14/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61973 respect


4/13/12   |   Scott   |   53864 respect

Would've made more sense for the Saints to choose defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.  At least then it wouldn't look like somebody was getting "rewarded" for their role in bounty-ball.

4/13/12   |   Jess   |   34886 respect

Debi_L wrote:
They could write a book "How to completely screw up a team after a Super Bowl Win"

With a Forward by the Colts laugh

4/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

They could write a book "How to completely screw up a team after a Super Bowl Win"