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Joe Vitt: I’m not a miracle worker

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Joe Vitt is back as the interim coach for the Saints, although the message out of New Orleans is that nothing has changed.

Both Vitt and Aaron Kromer, Vitt’s replacement as interim coach during Vitt’s six-game suspension, insisted that the message from up top remains the same regardless of who has the title of head coach. Perhaps that’s why Vitt said that he isn’t expecting a radical change for the Saints now that he’s back on the sideline.

“I am going to do everything I can, like every coach on our staff and everybody in our building to help get our football team better every day,” Vitt said, via Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I am certainly not a miracle worker. I am humbled to be back here.”

The problems that have plagued the Saints during their 2-4 start remain in place as well, most notably a defense that has given up more yards through six games than any other team in NFL history. Vitt may not be pulling off any miracles, but that’s an area where his return might actually be a help to the Saints.

Vitt’s a defensive coach and the hope is that his presence can help defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo address the issues that have contributed to that performance. The problem with that hope is that messaging and problems aren’t the only unchanged parts of the team. The talent on hand remains the same as well and that might be too big of an obstacle for the Saints defensive coaches to overcome.

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8 Responses to “Joe Vitt: I’m not a miracle worker”
  1. asseenonokra says: Oct 23, 2012 9:53 AM

    The biggest change will be Kromer going back to concentrating on the O-line and the run game. If he can make any kind of improvement there, it will help out the defense…

  2. mogogo1 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    It’d have been a difficult situation regardless, but the Saints’ strategy of swapping coaches multiple times this year never made any sense to me. Vitt was the interim before the season, then he’s gone for the first six games, then he’s back again? How does that help with team continuity? It looks like they were more concerned with avoiding the perception that somebody might have a shot at taking Payton’s job than in establishing a system that might actually succeed in his absence.

  3. bkostela says: Oct 23, 2012 10:04 AM

    vitt – you inherited a 12-4 team from a year ago. and they are on a 2 game win streak. you don’t need to be a miracle worker, just don’t screw it up any further.

  4. sbc85 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:06 AM

    I think Joe Vitt is a more vocal leader than Kromer, as well as a more fiery personality on the sideline. If you give any credence to those characteristics contributing to team success, that might be another difference. Kromer will also get to go back to focusing on coaching the O-Line, who has struggled more than normal this season.

    On a sidenote, Joe Vitt reminds me a lot of Sean Payton in his press conferences; their voices are even kind of similar. He has some great one-liners too. If nothing else, the post-game interviews will be much more interesting with Vitt in the seat rather than Kromer.

  5. dukemarc says: Oct 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    Saints go 8-8 at best this year.

  6. cowboycjn says: Oct 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    mogogo1 says:Oct 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    It’d have been a difficult situation regardless, but the Saints’ strategy of swapping coaches multiple times this year never made any sense to me. Vitt was the interim before the season, then he’s gone for the first six games, then he’s back again? How does that help with team continuity?
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    Doesn’t matter WHO is running the team – it’s still the same system. They (Vitt & Kromer) are both working out of Sean’s playbook and his style of coaching. No one said anything about changing systems – just a different person at the wheel – car still goes down the road the same way.

  7. hoops737 says: Oct 23, 2012 3:00 PM

    “bkostela says:
    Oct 23, 2012 10:04 AM
    vitt – you inherited a 12-4 team from a year ago. and they are on a 2 game win streak. you don’t need to be a miracle worker, just don’t screw it up any further.”

    …We were 13-4

  8. saintsfan29 says: Oct 24, 2012 12:13 AM

    saints are getting better comeon brees threw for 4 tds and 300 yards in the 1st half gist bucs hes playing like he should now.and defense never gave up jenkin ran down jackson when he was like 30 yards in front of him not to mention they had a great goal line stop that is better then they been doing.saints will be 10-6 at worst.

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