New Orleans Saints players expect ‘next man up’ philosophy with head coach come regular season

New Orleans Saints players expect ‘next man up’ philosophy with head coach come regular season

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CANTON, OH - AUGUST 5: New Orleans Saints head coach Joe Vitt during the second half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 17-10. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle isn’t sure who is going to take over for acting head coach Joe Vitt once the regular season begins.

But he’s also not sure it really matters.

“No, I think there are so many quality coaches as far as the respect that players have for them that I really don’t think it will matter,” said Shanle, now in his seventh season with the Saints. “That’s one thing - the players have great respect for the coaches who are in the building.”

Vitt will begin a six-game suspension the week of the season opener. There’s question as to who will take over, with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer all having their name mentioned as possible candidates.

Those conversations, however, have been in the media. Shanle said players haven’t discussed what will happen.

“I think when you’re in the training camp part of the season, it’s like a season itself so guys are worried about practice, learning the game book, but we’ll deal with it when the time comes,” Shanle said. “You know we have a lot of great coaches who I think who can fill that role, a lot of coaches that have a lot of respect from the players, so I really don’t think it’ll be a major difference.”

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