METAIRIE, La. – With New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees attempting to break a 52-year-old NFL record, the league has granted a request by quarterback to allow coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt to attend Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the special request comes as Brees attempts to break Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass with a scoring strike in his 48th straight game.
“Commissioner (Roger) Goodell has granted that permission,” Aiello said. “Coaches Payton and Vitt and Mickey Loomis will be permitted to watch the game in a private area of the stadium and will have no contact with the team.”
Aiello said details were still working out where the trio can watch the game and whether they can watch it together.
Brees tied the record this past Sunday against Green Bay with a first-quarter touchdown pass to receiver Marques Colston.
Payton, Loomis and Vitt have different suspensions for their roles in what the NFL called a three-year bounty program administered by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Loomis’ eight-game suspension and Vitt’s six-game punishment began the first week of the season. Payton, meanwhile, has been away from the team since April when his appeal of the suspension was denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Payton is required to tell an NFL official any time he speaks with anyone that works for or with the league, including players and team personnel.