Saints are no closer to naming interim interim coach

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After the final preseason game, Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt will begin his six-game suspension.  So are the Saints any closer to naming the interim interim coach?

“No,” Vitt told the media on Friday.  “Again, we’ve played one preseason game.”

Someone then asked an excellent follow-up question:  “Would you want to give the coach that will take over the chance to get a couple of games under his belt during the preseason?”

Vitt answered the question without answering the question.

“Again, we’re in the process of evaluating this football team,” Vitt said.  “We’re in the process of making sure that we’re putting the right people in the right places and getting the proper number of reps.  When the time comes for Mickey [Loomis] and Mr. Benson to call me in and even ask my opinion on such a move, but that time has not come yet.  That hasn’t been on the agenda for the last couple of days and I don’t really see it in the next couple of days as we move forward going into our last week of training camp.”

Still, at some point someone needs to figure out who’ll take over.  For the possible candidates (presumably, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer), the unsettled question eventually will become a distraction for them.  Indeed, whoever will be the interim to the interim for seven weeks (five games, the bye, and the sixth game) needs to plan for that adjustment to his day-to-day life, especially since the first game is only four weeks away.

That said, don’t be surprised if the decision already has been made and communicated to the interim interim coach, with the team keeping it under wraps as long as possible so that the players won’t be confused about who’s in charge.

For that same reason, we fully expect Vitt to continue to be the head coach through the preseason — and for the interim interim to clearly and unmistakably hand the keys back to Vitt once his suspension ends.

8 responses to “Saints are no closer to naming interim interim coach

  1. It’s clearly going to be Spagnuolo. Being the only one of the candidates to have previous NFL head coaching experience, he’s the only one who would be used to the routine and he also would need fewer preseason games to get ready.

  2. That said, don’t be surprised if the decision already has been made and communicated to the interim interim coach, with the team keeping it under wraps as long as possible so that the players won’t be confused about who’s in charge.
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    Mike, you’re a pretty smart guy. My guess is Kromer, because it will cause the least disruption to the Coordinators and the team.

  3. Now to the really important question – will Joe Vitt have a “Do Your Job” poster on the wall at Saints camp too? Maybe his can be half the size of Payton’s.

  4. I still think it’s ridiculous that Goodell’s evidence against Vitt causing the suspension is proven to be pure fiction, and yet he’s still suspended, even after you suspended the head coach for the whole season! This my friends is what is making the Saints fans so unhappy, not that we’re being punished, how we’re being punished. Goodell clearly wanted his punishments to be such that they hinder the ability of this team to win games.

    With that said, I say leave Spag alone, let him focus purely on defense and adjustments to his personnel while Drew is on the field. Let Drew/Carmichael share the offensive coordinating, and let Kromer handle the administrative side of coaching. There is no other team in the NFL right now more equipped to handle this situation. I will feel vindicated when Goodell has to hand the Lombardi over in NOLA and the crowd gives him the largest national booing of his life.

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