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November 6, 1994 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams are 3-5, and aren't they always 3-5 after the first half of the season? They are home again in the NFC West cellar, and how do you like their chances in the next four weeks against the likes of the Broncos, Raiders, 49ers and Chargers? Rally to make the playoffs? The Rams have compiled an 8-24 mark over the second half of the season the last four years, so why should people think this November and December will be any different?
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February 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The NFL has reinstated former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Tennessee Titans have added him to their coaching staff as senior assistant coach. "Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated," the league said in a statement. "The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgment of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game.
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SPORTS
August 22, 2012 | Wire reports
The New Orleans Saints designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as their interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. Vitt has been overseeing head coaching duties since Sean Payton's full-season suspension began in mid-April, but the Saints initially held off on a decision concerning who would become the figurehead for the coaching staff when Vitt had to step aside in Week 1. The 45-year-old Kromer is in his fifth season with the Saints and also serves as running game coordinator.
SPORTS
October 8, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sean Payton was there on Oct. 18, 2009, when New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns in a 48-27 victory against the New York Giants. No one knew it at the time, but the Saints head coach was witnessing the start of one of the most incredible streaks ever in the NFL. Brees wanted to make sure that Payton, suspended for the season by the league in connection with the Saints' bounty scandal, was in the building 47 games later, when the quarterback was poised to break Johnny Unitas' half-century-old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
SPORTS
December 20, 2005
'If anybody ever needs a hearing aid out there, then we'll get them fitted for a hearing aid.' Joe Vitt, St. Louis Ram interim coach, on whether his offensive linemen were having a hard time hearing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick call plays at the line of scrimmage
SPORTS
October 8, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sean Payton was there on Oct. 18, 2009, when New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns in a 48-27 victory against the New York Giants. No one knew it at the time, but the Saints head coach was witnessing the start of one of the most incredible streaks ever in the NFL. Brees wanted to make sure that Payton, suspended for the season by the league in connection with the Saints' bounty scandal, was in the building 47 games later, when the quarterback was poised to break Johnny Unitas' half-century-old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
SPORTS
February 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The NFL has reinstated former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Tennessee Titans have added him to their coaching staff as senior assistant coach. "Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated," the league said in a statement. "The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgment of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game.
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September 4, 1992 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They didn't have to go far to talk it over on the night Chuck Knox resigned. They didn't even have to pick up the phone. They were together, as usual. Chuck's guys, eating dinner together. Joe Vitt, George Dyer, Rod Perry and Chick Harris had just shared dinner, and when their head coach quit the Seattle Seahawks, they shared the same response: Where he goes, they go. "I can remember the night Chuck resigned in Seattle," Vitt says.
SPORTS
September 15, 2012 | Sam Farmer
If the New Orleans Saints go from swaggering to staggering this season, no one will be happier than the rest of the teams in the NFC South. Of course those teams want to see the Saints knocked off their perch - they all have their hearts set on the division crown - but there's a personal vendetta in play too. In recent years, the Saints haven't just beaten divisional opponents, they've rubbed their noses in the dirt. In last season's finale, for instance, New Orleans beat Carolina, 45-17, and kept its foot on the gas even after the game had been decided.
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October 15, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ram cornerback Robert Bailey picked up a chair and had to be restrained from attacking a teammate after Thursday night's 30-24 defeat by the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. "Don't tell me I cost us the game," shouted Bailey before being pushed off to another room by teammates. Quarterback Jim Everett, who threw two second-half interceptions and who failed to drive his team to victory down the stretch, turned his back on inquiring reporters and let his performance speak for itself.
SPORTS
September 15, 2012 | Sam Farmer
If the New Orleans Saints go from swaggering to staggering this season, no one will be happier than the rest of the teams in the NFC South. Of course those teams want to see the Saints knocked off their perch - they all have their hearts set on the division crown - but there's a personal vendetta in play too. In recent years, the Saints haven't just beaten divisional opponents, they've rubbed their noses in the dirt. In last season's finale, for instance, New Orleans beat Carolina, 45-17, and kept its foot on the gas even after the game had been decided.
SPORTS
August 22, 2012 | Wire reports
The New Orleans Saints designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as their interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. Vitt has been overseeing head coaching duties since Sean Payton's full-season suspension began in mid-April, but the Saints initially held off on a decision concerning who would become the figurehead for the coaching staff when Vitt had to step aside in Week 1. The 45-year-old Kromer is in his fifth season with the Saints and also serves as running game coordinator.
SPORTS
April 24, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
While Louisiana state police and the FBI started a wiretapping probe into the New Orleans Saints and General Manager Mickey Loomis , assistant head coach Joe Vitt called allegations that Loomis had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches "ludicrous. " "It's absolutely ludicrous. It's impossible," Vitt said Tuesday. "I've never heard of it before. That's something from 'Star Wars.' When I first heard something about it being a wiretap, I thought they were talking about Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano or something.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before, and the New Orleans Saints have decided to do it again. The Saints on Thursday named Payton's trusted second-in-command their interim coach, despite the fact that Vitt will miss a third of the season for his role in New Orleans' bounty system. For his part, Payton received a season-long suspension that begins Monday; Vitt, who takes over Monday, was handed a six-game suspension. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in his announcement that the team will address at a later time how to divvy up Vitt's responsibilities during his six-week absence.
SPORTS
April 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday upheld the original suspensions he slapped on New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for their roles in the team's three-season-long bounty program. Payton is banned for the season, Loomis will miss half the season and Vitt is suspended for six games. The commissioner has yet to impose penalties on the 22 to 27 players who reportedly participated in former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' bounty operation, which offered cash to players who hurt opponents or knocked them from games.
SPORTS
December 20, 2005
'If anybody ever needs a hearing aid out there, then we'll get them fitted for a hearing aid.' Joe Vitt, St. Louis Ram interim coach, on whether his offensive linemen were having a hard time hearing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick call plays at the line of scrimmage
SPORTS
August 13, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is a story about an emotional Joe Vitt, most ardent admirer of a stoic Chuck Knox. Knox, the Rams' 61-year-old coach, stands and watches practice with hands on hips. Vitt, the 38-year-old assistant head coach, screams and curses. They are different, but to know one is to know the other. It begins with a fight to live, seven years ago in Seattle, where Vitt was an assistant coach with Knox's Seahawks.
SPORTS
April 12, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Sean Payton handed over control of his team to Joe Vitt once before, and the New Orleans Saints have decided to do it again. The Saints on Thursday named Payton's trusted second-in-command their interim coach, despite the fact that Vitt will miss a third of the season for his role in New Orleans' bounty system. For his part, Payton received a season-long suspension that begins Monday; Vitt, who takes over Monday, was handed a six-game suspension. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in his announcement that the team will address at a later time how to divvy up Vitt's responsibilities during his six-week absence.
SPORTS
November 6, 1994 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams are 3-5, and aren't they always 3-5 after the first half of the season? They are home again in the NFC West cellar, and how do you like their chances in the next four weeks against the likes of the Broncos, Raiders, 49ers and Chargers? Rally to make the playoffs? The Rams have compiled an 8-24 mark over the second half of the season the last four years, so why should people think this November and December will be any different?
SPORTS
October 15, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ram cornerback Robert Bailey picked up a chair and had to be restrained from attacking a teammate after Thursday night's 30-24 defeat by the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. "Don't tell me I cost us the game," shouted Bailey before being pushed off to another room by teammates. Quarterback Jim Everett, who threw two second-half interceptions and who failed to drive his team to victory down the stretch, turned his back on inquiring reporters and let his performance speak for itself.
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