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Payton: Saints play-calling role still undecided

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The New Orleans Saints are getting a much-needed boost from the return of head coach Sean Payton to the sidelines after a yearlong suspension stemming from the Bountygate case. However, one thing that apparently remains uncertain is if Payton will resume play-calling duties now that he’s back at the helm.

According to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Payton said it’s still undecided whether he or offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael would handle that role.

We haven’t worked through all that yet,” Payton said. “But Pete’s invaluable. His role will be significant.”

Carmichael first assumed play-calling duties for the Saints two years ago when Payton suffered a fractured leg and torn MCL in a sideline collision. With the Saints offense rolling along, Carmichael kept the job when Payton healed up and through Payton’s suspension last season.

Payton could be following the lead of the Dallas Cowboys in trying to keep who will be calling plays under wraps with the thought it somehow will provide a competitive advantage in June. However, unlike the Cowboys, both Payton and Carmichael have proven to be very successful when they’ve handling play-calling duties. No matter who ultimately makes those decision, the Saints offense should continue to be a force.

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  1. stats5 says: Jun 6, 2013 2:46 AM

    How exactly has Carmichael proven to be more successful as a play caller than Garrett or Callahan? Carmichael’s play calling helped the Saints to 8-8 last year. Garrett has been 8-8 each of the past 2 years calling plays, not to mention 11-5 in ’09 and 13-3 in ’07 calling plays as OC in Dallas and helping win division titles and get to the divisional round of playoffs those 2 seasons. Callahan called plays all season in leading Oakland to the Super Bowl in ’02.

    Just another example of knocking Dallas for doing something, but when another team does the same thing (playing coy with revealing who will call plays) it is smart.

  2. tv426 says: Jun 6, 2013 7:22 AM

    I strongly suspect it will be a combo of both of them. After Sean returned from his injury he seemed to have major input into the play calling although, technically, it was Pete calling the plays.

  3. musicman495 says: Jun 6, 2013 8:18 AM

    ….as opposed to the Cowboys who can’t win no matter who is calling the plays.

  4. rs says: Jun 6, 2013 8:21 AM

    Saints had the 2nd ranked offense in the NFL in 2012, the Cowboys had the sixth ranked offense. Curious why that makes the Saints very successful, yet the Cowboys are not?

  5. sb44champs says: Jun 6, 2013 8:26 AM

    No matter who ultimately makes those decision, the Saints offense should continue to be a force.
    ==========================
    That’s like saying the sky is blue…. Saints consistently have always had a Top 5 offense the last 7 years except for one year…. Top 6

  6. SeenThisB4 says: Jun 6, 2013 8:44 AM

    Maybe they should split it, especially with divisional opponents, first game Payton calls the plays, second game Carmichael calls them, or vice-a-versa. Might keep the opposing defense in even more of a quandary.

  7. markdamack says: Jun 6, 2013 8:56 AM

    Seriously? The Cowboys keep theirs under wraps and its all about how much of a circus that place is and how ridiculous they are.

    The saints do it and it “Eh, no big deal…they’ll still be a force”

  8. lightcleric says: Jun 6, 2013 10:43 AM

    It’s a bigger deal with Dallas because every single year they get hyped up and end up gagging without accomplishing anything.

    You can’t play the “America’s team!!!” card and then complain that your failures are amplified, too.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    Comparing Dallas to New Orleans’ offense is like comparing an ant to a bulldozer.

  10. CKL says: Jun 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    Were I a Saints opponent I would hop ePayton decided to abdicate playcalling to someone else. Payton is one of the best playcallers I’ve ever seen.

    When he started in NO, he started out being pretty cutesy at times and sometimes that cost him. But he has learned how to manage situations and call plays situationally so well. That is one skill a playcaller can’t learn until he does it and not all of them have that skill. Not having a guy who was good at managing situations hurt the Saints a LOT last year playcall wise.

    It’s a tough balance being a playcaller and also the HC and as far as I know, no one does it defensively (Rex may share with Turman this year since Thurman isn’t experienced, not sure) and only a handful do it offensively. But it’s one of Payton’s best skills so for the sake of the Saints, I hope he does it.

  11. backroads523 says: Jun 6, 2013 2:15 PM

    They’re both excellent play callers because Brees can audible out of what ever play is sent in depending on what he sees the defense do. I wonder how many time they just send in a formation and let Brees call the actual play after the defense is set…

  12. str8cashhomey says: Jun 6, 2013 3:16 PM

    lightcleric says:
    Jun 6, 2013 10:43 AM
    It’s a bigger deal with Dallas because every single year they get hyped up and end up gagging without accomplishing anything.

    You can’t play the “America’s team!!!” card and then complain that your failures are amplified, too.

    what a poor excuse for hypocrisy

  13. str8cashhomey says: Jun 6, 2013 3:23 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Jun 6, 2013 11:46 AM
    Comparing Dallas to New Orleans’ offense is like comparing an ant to a bulldozer.

    ————————————————-

    saints ranked 2nd on offense and the cowboys ranked 6th…….man that team that ranked 15th must be a nat to a bulldozer……the 32nd ranked offense must be a microscopic organisms compared to a drone aircraft.

  14. str8cashhomey says: Jun 6, 2013 5:46 PM

    funny how this topic gets no comments when its not about the cowboys

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