New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt will have rough return in season

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Oct 24, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt talks with New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt will have a unique “Welcome Back Kotter” moment when he is done serving his six game suspension.

The NFL did the Saints and Vitt no favors when they scheduled the team’s bye week this season.  We are used to the Saints having a stretch the last three seasons before they enter their much needed bye week.

It may not seem like a big deal but a bye week is pretty crucial especially at the right time.  Teams that have their’s towards the middle or later part of the season helps recharge their batteries and get back on track.

The Saints will need to savor their bye week this season because it will come in Week 6.  After that, it will be all them for the rest of the season.  Vitt will have a real chance to not do savoring, but some simmering.

Saints fans have already begun to accuse the NFL of scheduling the bye on Week 6 on purpose.  The reason is because of the way Vitt’s suspension falls.

Vitt will begin his scheduled suspension after the final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on August 30.  He then won’t be available until after the sixth game which will be an away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 21.

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