The NFL believes the players' union is more intent on protecting the New Orleans Saints involved in the team's bounty scandal than supporting its members who could have been hurt by the pay-for-pain plan.
Drew Brees, the unquestioned leader in the New Orleans Saints' locker room, calls Joe Vitt "the obvious choice" to take over as interim head coach while Sean Payton spends the entire 2012 season serving a suspension for his role in the club's bounty system.
Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before and the Saints have decided to do it again.
The New Orleans Saints have named Joe Vitt as interim coach, despite the top assistant's six-game suspension for his role in the club's bounty system.
Bill Parcells is unlikely to become the New Orleans Saints' interim coach, according to multiple reports.
If the Saints become the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl on their home field next season, they'll do it with an interim coach and some new faces on defense.
Roger Goodell sent a message to every coach and player in the NFL: safety first. The league commissioner stuck with his punishments for New Orleans' pay-for-pain bounties on Monday, rejecting Saints coach Sean Payton's appeal of a season-long suspension.
Sean Payton now knows for certain he won't be coaching in 2012.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt have arrived at NFL headquarters, where their suspension appeals in the New Orleans bounty case will be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell.