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October 24, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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March 17, 1999 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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October 26, 1992 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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October 30, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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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.
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September 8, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 5, 2010 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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July 27, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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November 2, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 8, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
GREGG WILLIAMS thanked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him and he also apologized while taking "full responsibility" for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal. The NFL reinstated Williams on Thursday and the Tennessee Titans hired him as a senior defensive assistant. "I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I've used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession," Williams said, reading from a statement.
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January 25, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala.—New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton kept using the word "closure" during an extraordinary, 45-minute news conference Wednesday morning following the North team practice at the Senior Bowl. But the size of the media throng around Payton, as he spoke for the first time since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lifted Payton's 1-year suspension Tuesday in the "Bountygate" case, was maybe the first clue that putting the scandal in the past isn't going to be easy or simple.
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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.
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December 14, 2012
Robert Griffin III's knee is looking better. The Washington Redskins quarterback was back at practice Thursday, dealing with the effects of a sprained right knee as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Griffin stretched and made some basic throws during the 20 minutes that the practice was open to reporters. The rookie was still favoring his right leg somewhat, but he was able to plant and throw more smoothly than he did during Wednesday's practice.
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December 14, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
SAINTS ASSISTANT head coach Joe Vitt said Thursday witnesses in the NFL's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints have lied about him and the organization, and that their stories might change in federal court. Alluding to a defamation lawsuit filed by Saints linebacker Jon Vilma against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Vitt angrily said he feels the truth about the pay-for-pain system will come out before U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who is presiding over the pending case in New Orleans.
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December 4, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
BREAKING THEIR silence, family members of the woman shot and killed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher said Monday their "hearts are truly broken" and asked for privacy while they grieve the loss of two loved ones. Belcher shot and killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their Kansas City home Saturday before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher committed suicide in the practice facility's parking lot, police said. The couple had a 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.
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November 6, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - As unsettling as the Eagles' season has been in Philadelphia, there's similar bewilderment in New Orleans about how a team with high expectations has struggled through the first half of the season. The Saints enter Monday night's game against the 3-4 Eagles with a 2-5 record, meaning two teams that started with postseason expectations and Super Bowl aspirations could possibly be floundering toward irrelevance in the season's second half. What appeared to be a marquee game is now a matchup of teams that badly need a victory just to stay competitive.
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November 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - When Saints guard Jahri Evans arrived in New Orleans in 2006, teammates teased him for being an Eagles fan. A Nicetown native and Frankford High School alumnus, Evans is proud of his Philadelphia roots, even though he has become a Pro Bowl player for the Saints. "Basically follow all the [Philadelphia] sports teams but the Eagles," Evans said Friday afternoon. Evans will play the Eagles for the fifth time in his career on Monday night. He's still a devoted Philadelphian, making his offseason home in the area and focusing his charity efforts in his hometown.
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November 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - A source of optimism in New Orleans is that Drew Brees is the Saints' quarterback. So despite a 2-5 record and a disappointing start to the season, they conceivably have the chance to win every game. In 2011, Brees added to what will likely be a Hall of Fame resumé when he broke Dan Marino's single-season record for passing yards. In 2012, he is No. 2 in the NFL with 2,310 passing yards and leads the league with 20 touchdowns. He's on pace for his third 5,000-yard season and to match the 46 touchdowns he threw last season.
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