Since the New Orleans Saints season officially ended, the team has had a busy off-season especially with their coaching staff. The Saints locked up Sean Payton with a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2017. More recently offensive line coach Aaron Kromer left the team to become the new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach of the Chicago Bears.
Another coach that many thought might be on the go was Saints’ offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. Carmichael was actually one of the first to interview for the Bears’ head coaching vacancy. However, the Bears recently made Marc Trestman their new head coach, leaving Carmichael out of the picture.
Then there rumors that Carmichael might become the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, but that never caught much fire. The latest rumors were saying that the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles expressed interest in Carmichael for their offensive coordinator position. However, those rumors can be put to rest because it is being reported that Carmichael will turn down the requests to meet with the Jaguars and Eagles.
It appears that Carmichael will not be going anywhere and it will stay with the Saints and work out a new deal. Carmichael’s contract was up but working out a new deal with the Saints is what he wants because he and Payton have a great working relationship. Perhaps Carmichael entertained the thought of leaving for another team but deep down I think he knew he would not leave New Orleans.
With Carmichael sticking around as the offensive coordinator, that is one less thing the Saints have to worry about. When Payton gets back from his suspension, one of the first things he must do is find a replacement for Kromer. However, with Payton and Carmichael returning, the Saints’ offense will be in good hands.