Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/12/12

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The New Orleans Saints on Thursday named Joe Vitt as the team's interim coach.

Vitt will guide the team in the absence of head coach Sean Payton, who will begin his one-year suspension Monday for his role in the team's bounty program.

The Saints did not disclose their plans for the beginning of the regular season, when Vitt must start serving a six-game bounty-related suspension.

''It is important that we keep Sean Payton's philosophy front and center during this season,'' Saints general manager Loomis said in a statement. ''Sean has been the driving force behind the tremendous success our team has enjoyed during the past six years, his leadership will be missed. But we need to set a course of action that gives us the best chance to win this season without our head coach."

Loomis said the team considered a number of options for Payton, but said appointing Vitt will "provide the most seamless transition for our players and our coaching staff."

Vitt, who is also the team's assistant coach, briefly assumed Payton's duties last season when the head coach suffered a broken leg.

Bill Parcells, who was approached by Payton about the interim coaching job, declined to return to the field, saying he is more comfortable staying retired.
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