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Discussions on Vitt’s replacement in “infantile” stages

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With Saints coach Sean Payton suspended for the season, Joe Vitt will serve as the interim head coach.  With Vitt due to start a six-game suspension once the regular-season begins, the Saints will need an interim interim head coach.

With the regular-season opener only 43 days away, the Saints don’t know who that will be.

“The discussions have taken place,” Vitt said Tuesday, in comments to the media.  “They are in the infantile stages right now.  We are out of the OTAs.  [G.M.] Mickey  [Loomis] has a couple of coaches that he will talk to.  He has a couple people in mind.  But again, I think this is critical.  We are going to see the personality of this team and what it takes on.  Every year is different and the coach that can best serve the needs of this team is the guy that Mickey and Mr. Benson will pick.  This is not something that is going to be made in the next week or two.  We are going to see who can best serve the needs of our team.  We’ve got great coaches here now.  We’ve got coaches that have been here since 2006 and know our team and roster.  We are blessed to have them.”

The candidates for the interim interim job presumably include offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.

The Payton and Vitt suspensions flow from the so-called bounty scandal.  Vitt reiterated his position on Tuesday regarding the things that truly transpired.

“The Commissioner has suspended me for six games for the spoken word and not the clenched fist,” Vitt said.  “I’m taking responsibility for that and I’m going to get better at that.  I’m making a conscious effort so far to get better at that.  Now this is in the eyes of the beholder.  We did not have a bounty program, we had a pay for performance program, as do a lot of teams.  But we are going to make a conscious effort as an organization and a coaching staff to temper what we say and how we say it.”

Again, it’s semantics.  Players apparently received relatively small amounts of cash (in relation to their salaries) not for intentionally inflicting injury but for applying clean, legal hits that kept opponents from continuing to participate in what is at its core a game of attrition.  Despite allegations of a bounty on Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC title game, the evidence supporting that conclusion remains inconsistent and flawed.

Regardless, Payton is gone for the year and Vitt soon will be, for six weeks.  The only remaining questions are whether linebacker Jonathan Vilma will likewise be gone for the year, and whether defensive end Will Smith will miss four weeks.

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14 Responses to “Discussions on Vitt’s replacement in “infantile” stages”
  1. irongiants1973 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:34 PM

    Infantile huh? Ha. Just like this lame New Orleans franchise.

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Jul 24, 2012 9:36 PM

    Maybe the great Drew Brees should coach…but then he wouldn’t have any excuses.

  3. purpleguy says: Jul 24, 2012 10:05 PM

    Still in infantile stages — I was wondering when that organization and its members would grow up and act like responsible adults.

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 24, 2012 10:26 PM

    This sounds like a perfect make a wish moment.

  5. silentcount says: Jul 24, 2012 10:33 PM

    The Saints are being forced to compete with one hand tied behind their back, and they’ll probably still keep on winning. I get the feeling some people are annoyed by that.

  6. drgreenstreak says: Jul 24, 2012 10:34 PM

    Just give Spagnuolo the season. Vitt is too volatile. Saints have been embarrassed enough…. or have they, Mr. Benson?

  7. Deb says: Jul 24, 2012 10:35 PM

    I’m surprised they’ve waited this long to put a plan in place. But guess that’s to be expected of folks who dragged their heels on signing the key to their offensive continuity and only hope for success this season. I’d go with Spagnuolo because I favor head coaches from the defensive side of the ball. The main thing is that they get beyond the, um, “infantile” stages and quickly make an adult decision.

  8. larryjames836 says: Jul 24, 2012 10:41 PM

    You can say what you may about the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees has more brains under the bottom of his feet than most coaches have their heads. No we don’t need another after Vitt start his suspension Drew Brees can handle it the are just that good and we going to prove it in 2012 and in 2013 super Bowl make sure all you Saints haters record it because it going to be history. ( YOU GUYS HEAR ME ).

  9. cwwgk says: Jul 24, 2012 10:53 PM

    “The Commissioner has suspended me for six games for the spoken word and not the clenched fist.” Um, how about instructing your players to not cooperate with league investigators? Anthony Hargrove’s statement, prepared by the NFLPA, identifies that Vitt told him to “play dumb” during the 2010 investigation.

    If all that was being operated was a harmless “pay for performance” program what was Vitt trying to hide?

  10. bigwaz says: Jul 24, 2012 11:00 PM

    How about his cousin Don Corleone?

  11. samoanjungle says: Jul 24, 2012 11:11 PM

    Hey, take your time. Training camp is in like…OH CRAP its this week!!!

  12. bigball1 says: Jul 25, 2012 1:05 AM

    Actually the system and the talent that the Saints have along with the chip that the NFL has put on their shoulder will likely be a problem for their opponents. I realize the Falcons for one have a very good team in their division but I will not be surprised to see the Saints deep into the playoffs no matter who is the coach. Just as they had success when Payton was out last year, the system and talent has the momentum and ability to carry them forward….. Brees, Graham, Sproles, Colston… I think they may hold their own! But hey, that’s just me!

  13. sj39 says: Jul 25, 2012 8:39 AM

    Take it from a Rams fan, give it to Spags, he’ll have more pillars than wins in no time.

  14. thmcm says: Jul 25, 2012 8:56 AM

    cwwgk says:Jul 24, 2012 10:53 PM

    “The Commissioner has suspended me for six games for the spoken word and not the clenched fist.” Um, how about instructing your players to not cooperate with league investigators? Anthony Hargrove’s statement, prepared by the NFLPA, identifies that Vitt told him to “play dumb” during the 2010 investigation.

    If all that was being operated was a harmless “pay for performance” program what was Vitt trying to hide?

    – you know I have heard all these lame explanations before and still have never seen one iota of evidense that the Saints did anything wrong in any game last year. If they did why didn’t the refs or the NFL, for that matter, flag or fine the players that made the so called dangerously bad hits? All the NFL is doing is penalizing the Saints for the way they modivated the players to perform and every team in the NFL does the same thing. SO with that said, just what did the Saints do that was so wrong?

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