Q&A with Saints coach Joe Vitt (who apparently doesn’t have a crystal ball)

crystal-ballFLOWERY BRANCH — Apparently, New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt is into sorcery or something.

During his teleconference with the Atlanta media, he kept referring to a crystal ball and the fact that he doesn’t own one.

So, some of the media types are taking up a collection and we’ll try to deliver Coach Vitt a crystal ball on Sunday.

Here’s how it happened:

Me: Can y’all make a run?

Joe Vitt: “Hey look, I don’t have a crystal ball.”

A little later, 790The Zone’s Chris Dimino asked:

“Does this team have a 7-1 run in them?”

Vitt: “Again, I don’t have a crystal ball.”

He did go on to explain why he doesn’t have a crystal ball.

“I think once you start trying to answer those questions and you say those type of things you are a fool in this league,” Vitt said. “You guys, trying to get sound bite or whatever, I don’t know, but you guys are all veteran writers and you’re with a football team down there that’s an elite team; the best team in the league. The only way you try to turn a ship around is that you have to play better. You have to coach better and you have to take one day and one week at a time.”

Vitt loves Matt Ryan and thinks Mark Ingram is an elite running back.

Here’s what the affable Vitt had to say on some other topics:

ON THE FALCONS: “Quite frankly, this is the biggest challenge that we’ve had all year long.”

ON QB MATT RYAN: “Matt Ryan, in my opinion in the MVP of the league so far this year. We know about the wide receivers in (Roddy) White and (Julio) Jones. They are big targets that can run and make the acrobatic catch.”

ON THE RIVALRY: “The players on both of these teams know each other very well. These games have been highly competitive. Six of the last eight times we’ve play, the game has come down to a one possession game. There have been overtimes games involved. I think two of the last four times we played, so . . . . these games are usually tight and hard fought.”

ON GETTING THE GM BACK FROM SUSPENSION: “It’s certainly great to get Mickey (Loomis) back in the building. Every player, every coach, everybody in this building missed Mickey. Mickey has been a big part of our success around here and he’s our leader around here. But hey listen, Mickey is not going to be able to tackle anybody. He’s not going to be able to catch any balls. He’s not going to be able to throw the ball. …while it’s good to have Mickey back, he can’t play anymore.”

ON SEAN PAYTON’S CONTRACTUAL STATUS: “Really, the subject hasn’t been brought up around here. That’s number one. Number two, the only thing I can promise you is this, is that our football team and our football players love Sean Payton. Sean loves this team and these players. This city loves Sean and Sean loves this city. I anticipate and I would bet my life that Sean is going to be here for a long time to come. At some point in time, we’re going to have that stability and our head coach will return to our football team.”

ON HIS THREE RUNNING BACKS: “We’ve liked all three running backs since we acquired them. Pierre has done a phenomenal job since he’s been with us since 07. Pierre has great balance. He’s a great screen back. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. We know that Chris Ivory is one of those guys who can run with power and can make you miss. Mark Ingram, we believe is an elite back, who after having some offseason surgery is starting to come around.

“For the first time this past week, we really dedicated ourselves to finding a role for these guys and (did some) game-planning to their strengths. To be quite frank, they were under utilized early in the season. I think that we have settled into a package where we can get all three of those guys those touches and their looks and be positive with it. Moving forward, these are three backs that we feel blessed to have. They all can get positive yards. They bring some uniqueness to the table. While they are all productive and kind of the same, they all have a little niche. So moving forward, we just have to make sure that we keep them involved in the offense.”

ON IF THEY PLAN TO BLITZ RYAN AS MUCH AS THEY DID MICHAEL VICK: “It’s a whole different ball game. We had to close down the edges against Michael Vick. Really, Matt is more of a pocket type passer. We want to absolutely disrupt the pocket and not let Matt set his feet and get a clean look down the field. But I’ll tell you this again, I’m not going to sit here and tell you what we are going to do and what we’re going to attempt to do. Every week in the National Football League there are different challenges.

“Matt, we know, is tough. He’s smart and he’s accurate. He’s really blossomed under Dirk Koetter and this offense. He knows where he wants to go with the ball with his pre-snap read and he rarely makes a mistake when the ball is in his hands. We are well aware of his skill level. But for my take, he’s the MVP of the league right now and we’re not only going to have to have a good rush to disrupt his rhythm, but we’re going to have to have the best coverage that we’ve had all year long.”

ON IF HE’S WORRIED ABOUT A REVENGE FACTOR AFTER THE SAINTS LEFT BREES IN THE GAME LAST SEASON TO GET A PASSING RECORD: “It wasn’t our intent to run the score up. I was our intent to get the record out of the way so that we could move on to new business, but I think (Falcons coach) Mike (Smith) knows Sean well enough and Sean knows Mike well enough that that’s not what we are in the business of, embarrassing people and running scores up. That’s not what we do.”

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38 comments Add your comment

Roger

November 7th, 2012
9:22 pm

4BsihTneeS

November 7th, 2012
9:42 pm

Run up the score Vitt, leave no doubt!

falconfreak

November 7th, 2012
9:43 pm

ready for those loud mouth aints.

Falcon James

November 7th, 2012
9:53 pm

Did I read this right…..Vitt said the Falcon are an Elite Team and the best team in the league? LMAO!!

I am sure STDB4 would disagree with his Coach, but in this case, the Coach is absolutely correct and STDB4 would be wrong again.

4BsihTneeS

November 7th, 2012
10:14 pm

@ FJ: That’s what he said for the reporters….sorta like the same politically correct krap that Ryan spewed about the defending Divsion Champs. G EAU X SAI NTS!!!

Michael M.

November 7th, 2012
11:52 pm

The thing is………………….the Caints don’t have a Coach as well as a crystal ball either and sure don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning……………….time for the Falcons to go to the swamps and pull off a huge upset on those nastys…………………………..hehehehehe

Falcon James………..U R right…..stb4 thinks completely different and stb4 thinks the Caints are still goingto win the friggin superbowl this year…………..STB4, you Moron ! ………hahahaha……….Atlanta Falcons may pee on your Team’s Logo in their own stadium !………………lmao ……………..

LOL at the Aints

November 8th, 2012
12:11 am

Enter your comments here

DR. FALCON

November 8th, 2012
1:37 am

GOOD ‘OL FASHIONED “HATE”! F@#K THE ‘AINTS!

Blue Fender

November 8th, 2012
8:23 am

Crystal balls aren’t the only kind of balls the ‘Aints don’t have.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 8th, 2012
9:50 am

“Matt Ryan, in my opinion in the MVP of the league so far this year.

Did he say that, or is your 5th grade level of communication at work again?

1stn10

November 8th, 2012
10:00 am

The aints have no balls at all.

Ronnie Mack ATL

November 8th, 2012
10:06 am

Hopefully the Falcons get into the “business of embarrassing people and running scores up” on Sunday.

ATLSWAG

November 8th, 2012
10:12 am

AINTS HAVE GOOD OFFENSE AND CAN SCORE ANYTIME BUT THEIR D IS WEAK LIKE AN OLD MANS PENIS LMAO

SirReal

November 8th, 2012
10:36 am

Seek…..lock in…destroy. No love for the Aints..period. I hope we embarrass them to no end….

Mikefalcon63

November 8th, 2012
10:46 am

Hope to see Brees on his back a lot this game… Punish him for being the punk he is and running up the score the last game. No love for the pathetic Katrina loving Aints here.

DR. FALCON

November 8th, 2012
10:51 am

HA! HA! HA! ATLSWAG, YOU ARE NUTS! LOL! LET’S LEAVE BODY PARTS OUT, PLEASE! BY THE WAY, ALL THE MEDIA TALKS ABOUT IS: BREES, RODGERS, MANNING, & BRADY! DAMN! QUICK, NAME THE QB OF THE ONLY UNBEATEN NFL TEAM? SUPPORT OUR QB! ENOUGH SAID!

4BsihTneeS

November 8th, 2012
11:28 am

@Dr. Fal can’t:

What do Brees, Rodgers, Manning and Brady have that Ryan doesn’t have?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

G EAUX SAINT S !!!

Choke On My Grits

November 8th, 2012
11:48 am

@4BsihTneeS …go toot your party whistles and put on your party hat….It ain’t gonna help your team…we owe yall a good smack down!

d

November 8th, 2012
11:56 am

“What do Brees, Rodgers, Manning and Brady have that Ryan doesn’t have?”

Losses this year.

Heat Check

November 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

Drew Brees against the Falcons 10-2… pump your brakes Falcons fans

Nick

November 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

I guess that A hole is proving he belongs in New Orleans with the rest of em

Heat Check

November 8th, 2012
12:00 pm

“What do Brees, Rodgers, Manning and Brady have that Ryan doesn’t have?”

Playoff wins and Superbowl rings

realfalconfan

November 8th, 2012
12:05 pm

I think STB4 HAS CHANGE HIS NAME TO 4BsihTneeS if not they both need to get off our blog. We need to just got out there Sunday play so smash mouth football and come home with a victory. GO FALCONS!!! RISE UP….

Faldo James

November 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

@MM

You are correct! I would love to hear the Falcon drop a load on they logo, but I will settle for the Win.

raw onion

November 8th, 2012
12:57 pm

@Faldo James – No one would be able to tell the difference since the whole city is a cesspool anyway.

BK

November 8th, 2012
2:03 pm

GIVE THOSE BOYS A GOOD OLD FASHION BEAT DOWN …RISE UP !!!I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE DIRTY BIRD DANCE IN THE ENZONE WHEN WE SCORE AT LEAST ONCE ….GO FALCONS…
FALCONS-41 THAT OTHER TEAM -20 SORRY MY COMPUTER WONT LET ME SPELL OUT THAT OTHER TEAMS NAME ITS BLOCKED ……..

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 8th, 2012
2:33 pm

So we can’t use the name S a i n t s?

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 8th, 2012
2:35 pm

Good god…..DOL, why is the the opponents name blocked? Do you realize how childish this is?

How is it you even have a job here?

Matt Ryan

November 8th, 2012
2:48 pm

I will be passing for 400+ yards and 4 TD this Sunday

Mama Ledbetter

November 8th, 2012
3:08 pm

Y’all be easy on my baby boy Darryl. If you knew him when he was younger, you would be proud of him. We’re so glad he stopped playing with dolls and wetting his bed.

I love you Pookie!!!

Esquire

November 8th, 2012
4:27 pm

ON IF HE’S WORRIED ABOUT A REVENGE FACTOR AFTER THE cAINTS LEFT BREES IN THE GAME LAST SEASON TO GET A PASSING RECORD: “It wasn’t our intent to run the score up. I was our intent to get the record out of the way so that we could move on to new business, but I think (Falcons coach) Mike (Smith) knows Sean well enough and Sean knows Mike well enough that that’s not what we are in the business of, embarrassing people and running scores up. That’s not what we do.””

Sure, this from a team who erected a cow patty statue to memorialize a Falcons loss. Michael Koenon has been immortalized in New Orleans but I understand it’s a great place to urinate.

goFalcons

November 8th, 2012
4:41 pm

If the Falcons get the chance they will run up the score. That fact will not be hidden. go falcons

Pigskin

November 8th, 2012
4:49 pm

SI’s Peter King picks the ‘Aints……27-24

Hankie Aron

November 8th, 2012
5:37 pm

Joe Vitt- “It was not our intent to run the score up” Just trying to get the record over and move on to new business. Really? So if that was true, why didn’t the receivers stop short of the goal line? After all it was just a passing yards record, not td The final score was 45-16. Joe you are not being honest. I hope the Birds hang a hundy on you.

Sincerely,
Falcons Fan

hiramsaint

November 8th, 2012
6:27 pm

for an undefeated team to worry so much about a 3-5 team makes me question if the failclowns are scared- they ought to be !

hiramsaint

November 8th, 2012
6:29 pm

wah wah wah- our D couldn’t stop them so being the excuse makers we are , we’ll say they ran up the score on us wah wah wah. be a football fans and not a bunch of mid-town sissies-which by the way -you are

I usually just read but...

November 9th, 2012
9:07 am

We should take up a collection and send this Vitt a Magic 8 ball since it’s evident he has no clue. He could ask it about his play calling and get answers like:
● Don’t count on it
● My reply is no
● My sources say no
● Outlook not so good
● Very doubtful

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