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Old 01-30-2006, 10:13 AM   #1
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For What It's Worth: Saints Hire LB Coach and OC

Saints hire Vitt, two other assistants


January 27, 2006

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Saints hired former Rams interim coach Joe Vitt as linebackers coach Friday.

New coach Sean Payton also hired Doug Marrone as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, and John Bonamego as special teams coach.

Vitt, who also will carry the title assistant head coach, took over in St. Louis six games into last season when Mike Martz was sidelined for health reasons and ultimately led the Rams to a 6-10 mark.

Before his promotion, Vitt was the Rams' assistant head coach-linebackers. From 2000-2004, he served as Chiefs linebackers coach.

Vitt was the Packers' defensive backs coach in 1999. He also coached linebackers for the Philadelphia Eagles and spent 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

"I worked with Joe at the Eagles and the one thing you can say is that his players always excel," Payton said.

Marrone, a former offensive lineman who played the 1989 season with the Saints, spent the last four seasons with the New York Jets as offensive line coach. Marrone spent the 2001 season at the University of Tennessee, where he worked with the tight ends and offensive tackles.

Bonamego enters his eighth year in the NFL after a three-year stint with the Packers as special teams coordinator.



Updated on Friday, Jan 27, 2006 5:43 pm EST

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

I guess this means the rumors about Palmer were false.
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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Apparently you are right . . . just read an article that said the Cowboys were ready to hire Palmer - http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/football/13746705.htm
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Offensive Coordinator????

Just who is our offensive coordinator? Does anyone really know? I've heard, and read, where Doug Marone was named "offensive line coach and offensive coordinator" but now see where Palmer is offensive coordinator. Could someone in the know please explain this to me?
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RE: Offensive Coordinator????

It's Doug Marrone, but he's mostly going to serve as OLine coach, I believe. Payton will most likely be calling the shots.
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Old 01-30-2006, 02:18 PM   #5
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OK, then if Marone is our offensive coordinator then what is Palmer to us? Did we hire him or not?
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Old 01-30-2006, 02:48 PM   #6
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That report was false. We never hired Palmer.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:23 PM   #7
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This just in, Palmer reunites with Parcells in Dallas.....

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Chris Palmer, who most recently served as the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator, has agreed to join the Dallas Cowboys' staff.

The exact title for Palmer, who agreed to a two-year contract, is unknown. Ostensibly, he replaces assistant head coach/passing game coordinator Sean Payton, who left Dallas two weeks ago to become the New Orleans Saints head coach. It is expected that Palmer will work with the Dallas quarterbacks and have major input into the passing game.

Dallas is not expected to have an assistant with the title of offensive coordinator.

Palmer, 56, will be reunited with quarterback Drew Bledsoe, with whom he worked four seasons (1993-96) with the New England Patriots. It will also be the second time in his career that Palmer will serve on a Bill Parcells-led staff. In addition, he will work closely with current Cowboys running game coordinator Tony Sparano, whom he coached in college at New Haven.

Recently, Palmer met with Payton about the Saints' offensive coordinator position, and spoke to New York Jets officials about a similar job.

Despite having been dismissed by the Texans during the first month of the 2005 season, Palmer, a 15-year NFL veteran, is a highly respected passing games designer. He began his professional coaching career in the CFL in 1993, and also worked in the USFL before joining the Houston Oilers' staff in 1990.

He spent three seasons with the Oilers, and his resume includes stops at New England (1993-96), Jacksonville (1997-98), Cleveland (1999-2000) and the Texans (2002-2005). He was the coach of the expansion Browns and compiled a 5-27 record in two years.
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