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Carmichael remains the Saints play caller

Drew Brees, Pete Carmichael, AP

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. did such a good job calling plays when head coach Sean Payton was unable to earlier this year, Payton has kept him in the role.

This is a change from previous years in New Orleans.  Payton had called every play for six season in New Orleans, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“We’re on a roll, and obviously he’s doing a great job — not just a good job, he’s doing a great job,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “I think we all feel comfortable with the way the dynamics have been here the last 10 weeks.”

Payton still has a big say in the offense, of course. But he’s been freed up to concentrate on other aspects of his job on gameday, like clock management.

Give Carmichael credit for doing so well in his new role. The Saints have won eight straight and scored over 40 points in four straight games.  Also give Payton credit for giving up one of his big duties for the sake of the team.

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11 Responses to “Carmichael remains the Saints play caller”
  1. 6ball says: Jan 13, 2012 11:33 AM

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    More options than a Swiss Army knife.

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  2. sxt004 says: Jan 13, 2012 11:50 AM

    Someone will be getting some interest after next season if this keeps up…

  3. daknight93 says: Jan 13, 2012 12:04 PM

    Yep, Carmichael is doing a great job with balanced offensive attack on opposing defenses

  4. salmen76 says: Jan 13, 2012 12:11 PM

    I noticed an uptick in the Saints offensive production when Carmichael took over those duties. And, as time went on he got even better. Head coaches are so overwhelemed with duties and responsibilities and stress during a game it pays to have another person do that task. Although payton is still involved in the process very much and does make some calls now and then. He was fired once as the Giants play caller. The Giants then promptly went to and lost the SB to the Ravens. Sean’s “god-complex” gets in the way of his decision making sometimes. The niners will get their heads handed to them 2morow afternoon at candlestick. Greg Williams “D” will be off the chain dangerous! Geaux Saints!

  5. nineroutsider says: Jan 13, 2012 12:13 PM

    Garrett in Dallas should be learning from Peyton. The Saints are playing about as good as I’ve ever seen them play.

    However, the season ends abruptly tomorrow and the fans will go from cloud 9 to dissecting every possible issue. They might even end up blaming this guy.

    Tick, tick, tick…

  6. jppforprez says: Jan 13, 2012 12:34 PM

    I’m sure Carmichael is a good play caller but lets be honest here, Drew Brees could make my 2 year old niece look like a good play caller too.

  7. skippynj says: Jan 13, 2012 12:48 PM

    @nineroutsider

    Just make sure you’re here tomorrow to take you’re medicine and haven’t buried your head in shame in someone’s hole the way the falcon fans did. You’re boys haven’t seen an O like this. Even if it’s close at the half, who makes better adjustments than the Saints? No one. So enjoy you’re last few hours in the playoffs.

    Tick, tick, tick…

  8. saint51 says: Jan 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    in someone’s hole the way the falcon fans did.

    The way they do that all of the time, they should change the teams name from foulclowns to ostriches.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 13, 2012 3:14 PM

    Can’t wait until SF knocks them out of the way. And yes, that’s partially because I hate the Saints, and partially because I don’t want to have to go to New Orleans after beating Green Bay.

  10. jackntorres says: Jan 14, 2012 9:52 AM

    Can’t wait until SF knocks them out of the way. And yes, that’s partially because I hate the Saints, and partially because I don’t want to have to go to New Orleans after beating Green Bay.

    ——
    The fear is what I’m gonna do to you.

  11. saintsfan1111 says: Jan 15, 2012 9:17 AM

    Pete mixes up the run better than Sean. Hate to say it, but it’s true.

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