Joe Vitt has ties to KC where he coached in 2000 - 2003 and is a native of Syracuse, NY. hmmmmm
He was a real stand-up guy in St. Louis where he was the Interim HC back in 2005. A lot of the media types wanted him to be retained because he was so charismatic with the players, fans and media.
Could he be coming to Buffalo soon?
|Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers|
Tutoring a unit that since 2006 has annually ranked among the Saints’ most productive position groups, assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt enters his fourth season in New Orleans.
In 2008, three of the club’s top four tacklers on defense came from the linebacker corps, including newcomer Jonathan Vilma, who had a club-high 151 stops. Vilma and fellow starters Scott Shanle and Scott Fujita combined for 400 tackles, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Under Vitt’s tutelage, Vilma made a seamless transition in his first season in New Orleans and immediately became an impact player at middle linebacker.
Vitt came to the Saints after serving as interim head coach for the final 11 games in St. Louis in 2005. He held the Rams together during a difficult period after previously holding the title of assistant head coach/linebackers. It was part of a two-year stint with the Rams where he also turned a handful of young defenders into a unit that paced the team in tackles each season.
He joined St. Louis after working as linebackers coach in Kansas City from 2000-03. It was with the Chiefs where he first worked with Fujita, a fifth-round pick who developed into one of Kansas City’s top defenders and led the club in tackles for two seasons.
Vitt took over the linebacker corps in Kansas City after tutoring the defensive backs for Green Bay in 1999, molding a legion of rookies and young players into a formidable unit that doubled the Packers’ previous-year total by picking off 26 passes.
From 1995-98, Vitt was linebackers coach for Philadelphia. In 1998, his group helped the Eagles lead the NFL in pass defense, allowing 170 yards per game. Vitt was assistant head coach and defensive backs coach with the Rams under Chuck Knox from 1992-94 for the franchise’s final three seasons in Los Angeles.
Vitt spent 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1982-91), holding several titles during that stretch. In 1982 he was defensive quality control coach/assistant strength & conditioning coach. From 1983-87 Vitt was quality control/assistant linebackers coach, and from 1988-91 he tutored the safeties.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Vitt grew up in Blackwood, N.J., and played four years at linebacker for Towson State, where he was part of a squad that went undefeated in 1974. Vitt was later inducted into the Towson State Hall of Fame. He entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Baltimore Colts as assistant strength/quality control coach from 1979-81.
Vitt is married to Linda, with two children: Joe, Jr. and daughter, Jennifer.