October 24, 2012 |
METAIRIE, La. - Fresh off his seven-week bounty-related suspension, New Orleans interim coach Joe Vitt did not wait an extra second to rejoin the team - in Florida. After watching Sunday's game from an undisclosed location in the Tampa area, Vitt, a graduate of Highland High School, flew back to New Orleans with the Saints after they beat the Buccaneers, 35-28, in a game Vitt was barred from attending. On Monday, he said his suspension was excruciating. "I agonized," the 58-year-old Vitt said.
March 17, 1999 |
Joe Vitt says he watched the Super Bowl this year with a little bit of envy. After all, the 1972 Highland graduate could have envisioned himself high up in the press box, calling the defensive signals for the Atlanta Falcons. Instead of being a Super Bowl participant, though, Vitt is once again relocating. He is beginning a new job with a new team and attacking the situation with the same enthusiasm that has enabled him to survive the rigors of NFL coaching for more than two decades.
October 26, 1992 |
For a guy who claims to have never worked a day in his life, Joe Vitt has done quite well, thank you. Vitt, 37, who graduated from Highland High School, has has been an NFL assistant coach for 14 seasons and is in his first year as the assistant head coach for the Los Angeles Rams. Vitt is head coach Chuck Knox's first lieutenant. If Knox were unable to coach the Rams because of, say, an illness, Vitt would take over, he said. To survive as an NFL assistant for almost a decade and a half shows great resilience.
January 23, 2013
Sean Payton's season-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program was lifted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected. The decision allows Payton to attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, where some of the top college players available for the NFL draft will be competing. Payton, along with assistant head coach Joe Vitt, general manager Mickey Loomis, and four players including Jonathan Vilma, was suspended after an investigation found the club had a performance pool offering cash rewards for key plays, including big hits.
October 30, 2012 |
DENVER - Drew Brees welcomed back New Orleans interim coach Joe Vitt from his bounty banishment Sunday night by extending his NFL record to 50 consecutive games with a touchdown toss, the 300th of his career. Brees added another just before the two-minute warning Sunday night to surpass Denver Hall of Famer John Elway for sixth on the career list. But almost nothing else went right for the Saints in a 34-14 loss to the Broncos. The 2-5 Saints, who will host the 3-4 Eagles on Monday night, became the first team to allow 400-plus yards in seven straight games since at least 1950 - as far back as Stats LLC can search its NFL database.
September 8, 2012 |
Players from the seven-county South Jersey area have a long history in the NFL, and the tradition is continuing this season. Thirteen local players were on opening-day, 53-man NFL rosters. An additional five players were on injured reserve, the practice squad, or the reserve/non-football injury list. The most recognizable name is Audubon grad Joe Flacco, the fifth-year starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, who guided his team to the AFC championship game last season.
February 5, 2010 |
Joe Vitt sent a letter to his sister and mother 25 years ago with some advice. His sister returned the letter this past Christmas. "It was my Christmas present from her," the New Orleans Saints assistant head coach said yesterday. "She had just had a baby girl in 1983, and in the letter I said, 'If you ever let your daughter marry a football coach, I'll disown you.' I was with the Seattle Seahawks at the time, and we had just got our butts kicked by the L.A. Raiders. " The point of the unusual gift: Football has been pretty good to Joe Vitt and his family.
January 28, 2013
Gregg Williams may be a step closer to returning to the NFL after being suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. Titans coach Mike Munchak has talked with the defensive coordinator and is interested in adding him to his staff, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke Sunday to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the Titans do not discuss personnel moves until they are finalized.
July 27, 2012 |
Peyton Manning put on a clinic of precise and powerful passes both short and long during Denver's training camp Thursday in Englewood, Colo. The former Indianapolis Colts quarterback looked right at home in his first public practice with his new team, drawing cheers and chants from the crowd of 4,371 - the largest ever at the Broncos' Dove Valley complex. Tebowmania, Part II As the New York Jets reported to training camp in Cortland, N.Y., some 50 reporters, cameramen, and broadcasters followed former Denver quarterback Tim Tebow at SUNY Cortland.
November 2, 2012 |
WHEN INTERIM Saints head coach Joe Vitt goes into owner Tom Benson's office at the end of the year, one thing he will not be bringing with him is an excuse. But Lord knows Vitt has one, with his team reeling at 2-5 in the wake of numerous suspensions following the infamous bounty scandal. "At the end of the year when I go in and I try to try to get another contract, I certainly can't use this as an excuse for failure," said Vitt, who grew up in Blackwood, N.J. "When our players go in and try to get their new contracts, they can't moan and whine that the reason they missed a block or missed a tackle or threw an interception or dropped a ball is because they had 'bountygate' hanging over their head.