No Excuses From Joe VittDecember 13th, 2012
Even with all the drama of bountygate, which bored Joe about three hours after the furor started last offseason, Joe was certain the Saints would make a run at the Super Bowl.
With all the weapons Drew Brees has, how could they not be a contender? Well, they have become a has-been, out of the playoffs even as December approached.
Saints interim coach Joe Vitt won’t put up with any excuse-making for his Saints and gave the Tampa Bay pen and mic club an earful yesterday when it was suggested all the bountygate nonsense doomed the club.
Vitt went on a wonderful rant and invoked the Bucs as a standard for his team to look up to in adversity.
“You are right; I’m not going to make excuses. We have to play the hand we are dealt. We have known since April exactly what the hand is, hey listen, we had a tough offseason. Drew’s not in training camp, Sean is not here. The early suspension of myself and Mickey [Loomis], it was one of those years.
“You guys know this as much as I do; you have been around a while. If you lean on excuses for failure, you are not long for this league. This league is what you have done for me lately. The fact of the matter is we are not protecting the ball like we need to protect the ball. We are not taking away big plays on defense like we need to take big plays away on defense right now.
“Instead of worrying about the things that you can’t control, you better start worrying about the things you can control and you better protect the football and better stop giving up big plays on defense. And we better start doing a better job on our coverage units. At the end of the day, listen, these excuses will not come into effect but we will be held accountable. No one is getting a mulligan around here including myself. I have to do a better job and I will be held accountable.
“Hey, we are getting ready to play an improved football team this week in Tampa Bay. They run the ball well. They play great run defense. They are doing a great job of protecting their young quarterback. Nobody is giving Tampa Bay a mulligan for losing a couple of starters on their offensive line. Listen, it is what it is.”
The way Joe sees this game, the Bucs must run the ball at the Saints. Given the Saints less than stout rush defense, this is tailor-made for a big game from the Muscle Hamster. Huge day.
And when the Bucs run the ball, that means Drew Brees isn’t slicing up the Bucs’ embattled secondary.