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Carmichael interviews for Bears’ job

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The man who ran the Saints’ offense without Sean Payton in the building this year could get a chance to run the offense — and the rest of the team — in Chicago in 2013.

Per a league source, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Jr. currently is interviewing for the vacancy created when the Bears fired coach Lovie Smith after his ninth year on the job.

Carmichael, 41, joined the Saints in 2006.  He previously worked for the Chargers, Redskins, and Browns after six seasons at the college level.

The Bears are expected to hire a coach with an offensive background, given the recent struggles on that side of the ball.  Of course, it helps that Carmichael has had Drew Brees playing quarterback.

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34 Responses to “Carmichael interviews for Bears’ job”
  1. thetooloftools says: Jan 2, 2013 9:20 PM

    Nice to see the Bears have no idea how to replace Smith. Something tells me the problems were at THE TOP in Chicago.

  2. samapoc says: Jan 2, 2013 9:23 PM

    This would suck for the Saints. Great for the Bears.

  3. vtopa says: Jan 2, 2013 9:27 PM

    As a Saints fan, hate to lose this guy. He’s rock solid smart. Calm, cool, collected. If Jay Cutler could just grow up and quit being such a punk, he’d benefit greatly from an offensive scheme like the Saints have. Carmichael could bring that.

  4. isuhuskie says: Jan 2, 2013 9:29 PM

    I’ve been wondering why his name hasn’t been out in front a bit more. Yes, he has Drew Brees – but they’ve pieced together a running game that worked when it had to (most of the time). The WRs (other than Colston) aren’t exactly All-Pro material and he helped develop a college basketball player into a dominant TE. Sounds like he could make a solid case to me.

  5. msclemons67 says: Jan 2, 2013 9:32 PM

    So the guy who got coffee for Drew and Sean is a head coaching candidate.

    Is there a new Rooney Rule for secretaries?

  6. silvestregonzalez74 says: Jan 2, 2013 9:43 PM

    What about mike tice for coach he did a good job in minny for a while,that and I wouldn’t mind seeing a tice and cutler at each others throats. ;)

  7. nflfollower says: Jan 2, 2013 9:46 PM

    But in Chicago he will have jay cutler! So no worries. Actually, as much as I dislike cutler, with a good o line he could be downright scary.

  8. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 2, 2013 9:49 PM

    You mean there is someone else out there other than the guy who invented football chip kelly that also can coach a football team !

  9. mrlaloosh says: Jan 2, 2013 9:50 PM

    Brees or Cutler. Tough choice…NOT. Stay where you are Pete.

  10. countduku says: Jan 2, 2013 9:52 PM

    If this guy wasn’t even in the top two choices to replace sean payton during his suspension. what make him a top choice on anybody’s list. This guy was passed over by his current team by Joe Vitt, and the Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. Are the Bears nuts?

  11. houndog50 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:05 PM

    Kinda funny how you never hear about any of the Vikings or Lions assistants getting interviews for HC positions. I guess most organizations see things pretty clearly for what they are!

  12. letmesetyoustraight says: Jan 2, 2013 10:19 PM

    Good luck, Pete. Working with Cutler will be a far cry from working with Brees.

  13. ouscooba says: Jan 2, 2013 10:26 PM

    Really impressed with Emery so far. Let year he comes in, looks at our WR corp and when he gets done laughing, he goes out to get Marshall and drafts Alshon. After another failed offensive experiment, he comes out and says he wants to bring in a creative offensive mind so he shows interest in the offensive coordinators for Denver, NO and GB. Unlike the previous regime, Emery addresses the obvious problems instead of trying to sugar coat them. In Emery I Trust

  14. coltzfan166 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:49 PM

    It might also be worth mentioning that Brees was never considered “elite” until he went to New Orleans.

  15. Bob says: Jan 2, 2013 11:00 PM

    Good luck with that. As a Saints fan, I beg you, Bears, please take him off our hands. He’s nothing without Payton, like the rest of the Saints franchise.

  16. tone360 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:09 PM

    Come on home Carmichael.

  17. dabears212 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:27 PM

    I would really like to see Clements or McCoy on the sidelines next year. I think Drew Brees made Carmichael, not the other way around.

  18. jrdbrn says: Jan 2, 2013 11:32 PM

    He won’t win the job.

  19. mdd913 says: Jan 3, 2013 12:45 AM

    Wow, are you kidding me? Carmichael wasn’t qualified to take on the full responsibilities of offensive coordinator with the Saints, much less head coaching responsibilities of some other team he doesn’t know 1/10th as well. You cannot seriously fire Lovie Smith only to turn around and hire somebody like Carmichael.

  20. shadow1018 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:10 AM

    Of course it helps having Drew Brees playing QB. You think????

  21. dabearsk says: Jan 3, 2013 1:22 AM

    Definitely impressed with Emery…glad he seems to be leaving no stone unturned..I agree with an earlier comment that Bree’s made Carmichael. I think McCoy is the better route. Yes, he has Peyton this year, but look what he did with Tebow on the fly and Orton as well..pretty impressive.

  22. isuhuskie says: Jan 3, 2013 1:38 AM

    And how did the Saints do with the guys that replaced Payton instead of giving the job to Carmichael?

  23. chi01town says: Jan 3, 2013 5:14 AM

    YES!!! Emery you are on it now. Pete Carmichael Jr. has a system that can put up 30 points in about
    6 min. Emery you can END the search RIGHT HERE!!

  24. peppylapeu says: Jan 3, 2013 8:07 AM

    thetooloftools says: Jan 2, 2013 9:20 PM

    “Nice to see the Bears have no idea how to replace Smith. Something tells me the problems were at THE TOP in Chicago.”

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    Emery has already interviewed 5 candidates, most teams have only done one or two. It’s proof Emery does have full control. Look back to the Lovie Smith, Dick Jauron, Jerry Angelo hirings and you may remember the Mcaskeys using a “consulting firm” to assist in the selection process. Those days are clearly over.

  25. howiehandles says: Jan 3, 2013 8:13 AM

    “Nice to see the Bears have no idea how to replace Smith. Something tells me the problems were at THE TOP in Chicago.”

    Are you off your meds? What about Emery performing a THOROUGH search did you not get?

    Missed the playoffs 5 of last 6, enough said. 10-6 his last year is irrelevant. Injuries, every team gets them, just look at the Packers. The Bears employed him for 9 years, that’s more than fair.

  26. saintsfan1111 says: Jan 3, 2013 8:23 AM

    Pete’s wicked smart…If you bring him in, you are gonna want to sign reggie bush. One back is not gonna cut it with Pete. Also, don’t listen to heir goodell’s BS about greg williams. He can coach defense quite well, and got a lot from a talentless bunch in New Orleans. See how bad they suck now that he’s gone…and it’s the same group.

  27. goodolebaghead says: Jan 3, 2013 9:39 AM

    You can have the guy. He is the one calling Power-I formation with Ingram on first down every time. He has forgotten the screen play (Saints most powerful play.) He is part of the reason we went 0-4. It wasn’t until Vitt showed up that we started running the ball correctly. Good luck with the downgrade, bears. This dude is nothing but a glorified assistant to Sean Payton.

  28. hkdaddyo says: Jan 3, 2013 10:20 AM

    Mark my words- the Bears are going to get a WORSE coach than they had in Lovie Smith. All these coordinators sound great until they’re made head coaches and then, more often than not, the emperor has no clothes.

    A head coach needs to have the respect of the players first and foremost, and then he needs to know how to motivate them and get them to buy in to his system. He needs to talk to them as men, but also has to ride them when they need it. And, of course, he needs to have a firm grasp of the xs and Os of the game.

    The great coaches have all of these skills, the good coaches some of them, and the rest have maybe one. Most of the coordinators who have been made head coaches in the past have only seemed to know the Xs and Os, and not much else. The list is endless.

    Virginia McCaskey said money is no object, so the Bears need to just suck it up and pay Jon Gruden a king’s ransom before it’s too late.

  29. coachditka89 says: Jan 3, 2013 11:08 AM

    Nothing indicates that Carmichael is the leading candidate or is close to being hired. Emery is going to bring in a lot of offensive coaches to try to gain knowledge of what these coaches would do, what assistants they would hire, etc. if they were brought to Chicago. Emery is doing what good GM’s are supposed to do.

  30. isuhuskie says: Jan 3, 2013 12:33 PM

    The offense (without Payton) was 2nd in total yardage in the NFL & 1st in passing yardage.

    Ingram had 32 carries in the 1st 4 games; 16 of those in one game. So in the other 3 games he averaged a little over 5 carries – I hardly think this was the major problem that caused the Saints to go 0-4.

    More likely it was the defense that gave up an average of 32.5 ppg the first 4 weeks (and that includes the Chiefs in there).

  31. danielfturner says: Jan 3, 2013 5:47 PM

    wow people its just a interview..they may interview 10 people or more for this job

  32. goodolebaghead says: Jan 3, 2013 7:47 PM

    Ingram had 32 carries in the 1st 4 games; 16 of those in one game. So in the other 3 games he averaged a little over 5 carries – I hardly think this was the major problem that caused the Saints to go 0-4.
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    He also ran on first down up the middle out of the I formation 91% of those plays. That was the stat going into the first Tampa Bay game.

    I’m also saying, things like that are indicative of other poor plays he called. It’s like he never got to the back of the playbook.

  33. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 3, 2013 9:03 PM

    I agree with goodolebaghead. Very overrated. Play calling left something desired. All we need is Payton back calling plays. Hopefully hell run the ball more to set up the pass. And please find a OT.

  34. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 7, 2013 4:39 PM

    You can have him Bears. I’ve seen nothing that would lead me to believe he could be a head coach.

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