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Joe Vitt gets a job, and a family reunion, in Miami

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Joe Vitt is back in the NFL, and the nepotism train that drives the coaching business keeps chugging right along.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the longtime Saints assistant has joined the Dolphins as a consultant.

The interview process likely went smoothly, since Dolphins coach Adam Gase is his son-in-law. Such family bonds on coaching staffs are far from rare, though it’s usually the kids or shiftless brothers who get jobs.

The 62-year-old Vitt actually started working for Gase and the Dolphins earlier this spring on football research.

And while the relationship greased the skids, it’s not as if Vitt isn’t qualified. He’s been working in the NFL since 1979, and has coached for seven teams. He’s been an interim head coach three seasons, with the Rams and twice with the Saints. He served a six-game suspension in 2012 for his part in the Saints’ “Bountygate” incident.

He’s also a tough old bird, as he chased some burglars off his lawn in 2015, suffering a torn Achilles in the process.

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18 Responses to “Joe Vitt gets a job, and a family reunion, in Miami”
  1. johnnybuc says: Apr 14, 2017 9:33 AM

    Great!! He’ll be able to make sure that mediocrity the Dolphins keep working so hard at……..continues.

  2. sb44champs says: Apr 14, 2017 9:40 AM

    Vitt apparently has a tough time developing LBs

  3. Bob says: Apr 14, 2017 9:42 AM

    He may have been around since 1979 and he may be a tough old bird, but neither of those things make him a good coach. Saints linebackers were terrible for years and that’s not all due to limited talent. The Patriots have had a lot of physically limited players for years and their coaching overcomes it. But good for Vitt in that he’s had friends and relatives keeping him around this long.

  4. ebr362 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:43 AM

    You don’t stay coaching in the NFL for that long if you don’t know your stuff. I have zero problem with this hire. #FINSUP

  5. bobl242 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:52 AM

    “Such family bonds on coaching staffs are far from rare, though it’s usually the kids or shiftless brothers who get jobs.”
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    Referring to the Ryan brothers?

  6. ab420420 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:53 AM

    ebr362 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 9:43 AM

    You don’t stay coaching in the NFL for that long if you don’t know your stuff. I have zero problem with this hire. #FINSUP
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    Rob Ryan agrees

  7. flexx91 says: Apr 14, 2017 11:05 AM

    You don’t stay coaching in the NFL for that long if you don’t know your stuff. I have zero problem with this hire. #FINSUP
    __________________________________

    Well, there are people who hold jobs for years just because of who they know and their relationship with they work for. This guy failed to develop a single young play-making LB since he’s been a coach in that capacity.

  8. laxcoach37 says: Apr 14, 2017 11:09 AM

    Keep trying to make a negative story about the Dolphins, but you simply can’t. They are doing everything right: cutting ties with overpriced players, re-signing those that performed, didn’t enter the FA sweepstakes, dumping Dion Jordan, drafted very well last year under Gase, no players being arrested or discovered on PEDS, oh and WINNING again.

  9. gridironmike says: Apr 14, 2017 11:19 AM

    The only time this guy had success was when he had Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita and Scott Shanle as his starters. They were extremely underrated and were a key component in taking down Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.

    Other than that, Vitt has underachieved everywhere he’s been, and even added to the bogus Bountygate penalties because Goodell tacked on punishment for Vitt’s Vicodin scandal even though the commissioner had no right to do so due to the arbitration agreement in place. Sean Payton realized that either Vitt goes or he goes.

    Congrats, Dolphins. You get an old, ineffectual guy with a checkered past who just happens to know people.

  10. therealtrenches says: Apr 14, 2017 11:41 AM

    Joe Vitt has lived in a perpetual state of rage since bounty-gate.

    He blew a *golden* opportunity to see an extremely talented team through a year without its head coach and he couldn’t even keep it together through most press conferences let alone prove himself as a coach.

    And the Saints haven’t been the same since he took the reins during that ill-fated season.

    I wouldn’t let him anywhere near my team, whether he was my father in-law or not.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:01 PM

    “You don’t stay coaching in the NFL for that long if you don’t know your stuff.”

    Jeff Fisher and quite a few other incompetents are waving hello.

    Which isn’t meant as a comment saying Vitt is good or bad because I don’t know much about him, just that your statement is incorrect.

  12. xenova1 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:10 PM

    He’s coached on 7 different teams for a reason and was never seriously seen as becoming the head coach when he was an interim head coach. It would be great and awkward if he becomes interim head coach if Gase is let go mid-season.

  13. beachsidejames says: Apr 14, 2017 12:43 PM

    Bounty Gate…. bad for QB’s

  14. hehateme2 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:49 PM

    Some pathetic comments here…

  15. VenerableAxiom says: Apr 14, 2017 1:41 PM

    johnnybuc says:
    Apr 14, 2017 9:33 AM
    Great!! He’ll be able to make sure that mediocrity the Dolphins keep working so hard at……..continues.
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    They were in the playoffs last year. Not exactly mediocre.

    Seriously, Vitt is a consultant, not a coach.

  16. igotgamenj says: Apr 14, 2017 2:17 PM

    Miami is on the way up !

  17. fishyinalittledishy says: Apr 15, 2017 9:08 PM

    What else is he supposed to do “build houses, fix cars”. This is what these guys do.

  18. tarniman says: Apr 15, 2017 10:40 PM

    This article states Vitt will be hired as a consultant not a LBs coach. So to all the people that say he sucks as LBs coach it don’t matter. Just because you suck at one thing does not mean you suck at every other thing Football related.

    Can you see Tom Brady playing Safety? Or better yet at RB now I would love to see that. Brady would suck bad. Being bad at one thing Football related does not mean you’re bad at everything football related. Vitt might be a 20x better consultant than a LB coach

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