Report: Payton fires Joe Vitt, four other Saints coaches

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Joe Vitt

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Rumors of Sean Payton’s imminent departure as head coach of the Saints might have been put to rest today: Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports that Payton has fired five assistant coaches, including Joe Vitt.

Vitt has been assistant head coach since 2006. He even served as interim head coach in 2012 when Payton was suspended from coaching for a year as punishment for the Bountygate scandal.

The other four coaches fired, according to Marvez, are Bill Johnson, Greg McMahon, Stan Kwan and James Willis, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

Read the full report here.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches action during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches action during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)