Not only will New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeal his suspension for the bounty scandal, assistant coach Joe Vitt will, too. Vitt was suspended six games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his representation tells Pro Football Talk that he plans to appeal the suspension.
"Vitt and I discussed our concern that his appeal be consistent with the association's view that coaches also coach sportsmanship and fair play," Cornwell said by email. "Based on these discussions, I am confident that Joe's appeal and his long history in the NFL are consistent with our belief that there is no place at any level of football for bounties that target players."
Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will not appeal his indefinite suspension.
As we explained previously, the appeals may not do much good. Goodell is the one who made the initial ruling and he's also the one who will hear the appeal. It's hard to imagine that either Payton or Vitt have new information that supports their cause.
If Vitt can successfully appeal his suspension, he could be a candidate for the interim head coaching job (assuming Bill Parcells doesn't get it).