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Saints welcome Vitt’s energy, sense of humor

Joe Vitt

New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt watches his team in the third quarter of an NFL football preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Joe Vitt is back as the interim head coach of the Saints. And the Saints are happy to have him.

It’s not a knock against interim-to-the-interim head coach Aaron Kromer. As a source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it to PFT, there’s a fudamental difference between Vitt and Kromer.

Vitt is Sean Payton’s right hand man. Vitt has no qualms about ripping a player who needs to be ripped; Kromer was at times reluctant to let a guy have it. And with Vitt, there’s an energy that instantly returned to the team.

There’s also a sense of humor. As others have reported, Vitt was on the team plane from Tampa back to New Orleans. Hiding in the cockpit, he got on the intercom and said, “Listen up, you f--kers. Put your trays up and buckle your seat belt of I’ll come f--king do it myself.”

Or words to that effect.

So welcome back, Joe. With the Saints on a two-game winning streak and a date with Denver looming, things could get very interesting, very quickly.