August 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and linebackers coach Joe Vitt prior to kickoff of a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Saints Joe Vitt falls on his sword after loss; players should too

After an embarrassing 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos last night, interim head coach Joe Vitt gave no “the players are down but not out” Aaron Kromer-like speech.  Instead he told it like it is.

Vitt blamed himself for the loss saying he has got to do a better job as a coach getting the emotion into the players as well as getting them prepared.  He also spoke on the “hype” of his return.

Making his official return to the game after his suspension, Vitt thinks that there was too much made of how it would impact the Saints play.  He said post game that he can’t sprinkle “pixie dust” and make things better instantly.

Of course, Vitt knows that it wasn’t just him but he shouldered the blame.  The players should step up an realize that there is plenty of it that can be taken by them too.

Not only was the Saints defense horrendous last night giving up over 500 yards, but the usual crisp offense seemed flat with dropped passes, poor run/pass blocking, and Drew Brees barely breaking 200 yards in the air.  The missing word to sum it up is execution.

While Vitt and the coaching staff can take on the maelstrom of fault, the players as well need to think about what needs to be fixed not as a group, but in each individual phase.


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