We knew the time was coming when Coach Joe Vitt would have to hand over the head coaching job to during his suspension. The BountyGate suspensions handed down to the New Orleans Saints included that Vitt be suspended for six-games.
While most people think that week 4 preseason games are meaningless, it was of the utmost importance to Vitt. It was his time to set the standard for his team before he has to depart.
While being interviewed after the game yesterday, Vitt said, “I just told the guys it’s been my honor and my pleasure and it really has been.”
This had to be an emotional game for Vitt to hand the team over to Aaron Kromer after. Vitt has been the one grinding through all the problems with this team since BountyGate happened and head coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year.
The ones who have to go through the most growing pains are the players. There really is no consistency on this team going into the regular season. More than anything, I think Vitt just wanted to let the team know that he’ll be back and to continue to play ‘Saints football.’ I’m pretty sure that Vitt left the Saints in perfect shape leading up to their season opener against the Washington Redskins.
One things for sure, if anyone was worried about this Saints team not being able to perform because of all the punishments, you are very incorrect. I have a feeling this team is going to play with the most heart and fight until the end. You might see a more united team and when that happens, you know it’s going to be trouble.
While Vitt will be missed, with a leader like Drew Brees on your team the Saints will be just fine. That guy will take the team under his wing, like he’s done since he arrived, and take them to the playoffs like normal. I don’t see many changes being made except for the players. They will still have the same style of play and same determination to win.