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Colts seek permission to interview Pete Carmichael

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The fact that Saints coach Sean Payton broke a leg during a game could give Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. a chance to break a leg of his own, figuratively.

Per a league source, the Colts have requested permission to interview Carmichael for their vacant head-coaching position.

The Colts will be the second team to pursue Carmichael, who also has been linked to the Raiders. Carmichael has enjoyed a higher level of attention in league circles after assuming the play-calling duties following Payton’s injury.  Payton decided to allow Carmichael to continue to call plays even after Payton was able to resume the responsibilities.

Permission is perfunctory when an assistant coach of a team that has finished its season is being considered for a head-coaching job.  Teams can, however, block assistant coaches who are under contract from interviewing for assistant-coaching jobs with another team, even if the move constitutes a promotion.

UPDATE 9:12 p.m. ET:  Or moles in Indy not named “Rob Lowe” tell us that the interview will occur on Thursday.

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13 Responses to “Colts seek permission to interview Pete Carmichael”
  1. worldwidebleater says: Jan 18, 2012 8:15 PM

    He’ll be missed far more than Gregg (the third G stands for genius) Williams.

  2. ar1888 says: Jan 18, 2012 8:19 PM

    As a Colts fan I would rather get a defensive head coach like Dom Capers,or Steve Spagnuolo. And then then get a good up and coming OC.

  3. raiderej says: Jan 18, 2012 8:22 PM

    Can we re-fire Hue Jackson so that my Raiders could generate some news?

  4. commandercornpone says: Jan 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    payton wants to call the plays again. pete is as good as gone.

  5. smokingconch says: Jan 18, 2012 8:36 PM

    The Colts interviewing offense minded coaches doesn’t bode well for Peyton being back.

  6. earthtopft says: Jan 18, 2012 8:41 PM

    If this doesn’t work, the Colts will outsource the full time insitutional care attendant position to unqualified immigrants.

  7. gguffey says: Jan 18, 2012 8:51 PM

    My sources inform me that Rob Lowe will be interviewed for head coach of the Colts.

  8. ff8519 says: Jan 18, 2012 9:39 PM

    Look what Carmichael and Lombardi did with Brees and that offense in New Orleans. Peyton will be standing with open arms.

  9. ia517 says: Jan 18, 2012 10:07 PM

    If the colts were looking for a great OC to hire as coach to help develop Andrew Luck, they would be smart to give Rob Chudzinski a call.

    As a charger fan, i hope they dont, that way we can hire him next year after we fire Norv

  10. djjasonpaul says: Jan 19, 2012 12:20 AM

    We wouldn’t want him to leave but he is a great coordinator and would make a great coach. I just hope he stays with the 2012 champs to be!

  11. hpeters77 says: Jan 19, 2012 2:20 AM

    Say what you want about Payton, he used to be an assistant and he tells all his assistants that they will have the opportunity to coach somewhere else. Thats why they never reject when other teams call. Shout out to Payton

  12. pacoltsguy says: Jan 19, 2012 3:03 AM

    I think its time to consider Spags as the new Defensive coordinator, get a kick butt Offensive Coordinator and name Peyton as the Player/Coach. Jim Irsay works outside of the box. He has brought the Colts to relevance. He is the man to make this move. Come on, Jim; think about it!

  13. bosoulja82 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:08 AM

    This is the guy to lead the Raiders back into the playoffs. I hope the Raiders hire this guy fast.

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