Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/13/12

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches the game against the Indianapolis Colts from the sidelines during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints needed a one-year replacement for suspended head coach Sean Payton and have decided to go with Joe Vitt.

Payton's one season suspension begins Monday and goes through to next February's Super Bowl.

Joe Vitt will be suspended for the first six games of the season for his involvement with the Saints bounty program. Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will serve as the interim coach during Vitt's suspension.

General manager Mickey Loomis had this to say:

"It is important that we keep Sean Payton's philosophy front and center during this season," Loomis said Thursday. "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. ...

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