The Saints announced Thursday that assistant head coach Joe Vitt will assume head coach duties starting the same day Sean Payton's suspension starts, April 16.

Vitt served as acting head coach during Payton's medical leave after his knee injury last season.

Vitt will serve his suspension during the first six games of the regular season.

General manager Mickey Loomis says the team will work under this plan and figure out a course of action for those 6 games once they get into training camp.