Drew Brees, the unquestioned leader in the New Orleans Saints locker rooms, 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.
Vitt was suspended six games in the scandal that remains under investigation by the NFL, and the Saints have not yet announced how his responsibilities will be divvied up during his absence for the first third of the regular season, but Brees hardly seems bothered by that.
''Joe Vitt is one of the most respected coaches I have ever been around,'' Brees said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday. ''His ability to lead this team in an uncertain time throughout this offseason and for whatever term we have him during the regular season is undeniable in our locker room.''
Vitt, 57, has worked in the NFL since 1979 and joined the Saints as part of Payton's very first staff in 2006. During the 2009-10 Super Bowl championshi...