Vitt, who also oversees linebackers, must serve a six-game suspension in connection with the bounty probe. Despite his suspension, Vitt has been tapped to take over Payton's head coaching duties, meaning someone will then have to step in for him in Week 1.
Who that will be has yet to be decided.
"We are going to let probably most of our training camp unfold and I think the right person will kind of reveal itself," Loomis said. "We'll make a good decision for those first (six) games."
The Saints are now two weeks into voluntary offseason workouts, and Brees, their star quarterback and unquestioned leader, has stayed away while contract negotiations continue.
Loomis smiled and said the ideal time to get a deal done would be "tomorrow or maybe an hour from now." Then he tried to explain the holdup.
"No one understands better than I how important Drew and (his wife) Brittany have been to the city of New Orleans, our fans and the New Orleans Saints," Loomis said. "His contributions to our success have been invaluable. Unfortunately, I have the task of putting a value on it. But my goal and Drew's goals are the same. It's to get him a contract that he feels good about and gives our team the best opportunity to compete for a championship. It will get done."
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