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Pete Carmichael, not Sean Payton, calling plays for Saints

Pete Carmichael Jr. during the game against the Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee on August 12, 2006.The New Orleans Saints beat The Tennessee Titans 19-16 (Photo by Joe Murphy/NFLPhotoLibrary) Getty Images

Saints head coach Sean Payton delegated play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael in Sunday’s game against the Raiders, and it worked out well.

Although the Saints’ defense lost the game for them, the Saints’ offense was excellent, with 507 yards in a 35-34 loss. Payton said he’s not sure if he’ll take the play-calling job back, but he’s comfortable with Carmichael doing it.

“It is a week to week thing,” Payton said. “Pete and I communicate each week on how we want this game to unfold. . . . I thought it went very well [Sunday]. I will still be very much involved in a handful of those calls and so it is an operation for us, this is year 10 or 11 now that we will just handle week to week. It was not a big earth shattering announcement or a big move, it was really, functionally I can get Pete a play and he can get it into Drew just as quickly as I can get it into Drew directly. And if I’m managing the game, or paying attention to what just happen on a punt return, we are far enough along in this process where it is easy for us.”

Carmichael is in his 11th season working for Payton in New Orleans, having started as quarterbacks coach in 2006 and then getting promoted to offensive coordinator in 2009. So they have a comfort level together, and Payton is willing to let Carmichael do what may be the most important job on Sundays. In Week One, Carmichael did that job very well.

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11 Responses to “Pete Carmichael, not Sean Payton, calling plays for Saints”
  1. outlaw53 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    That was the worse late game officiating I’ve ever seen against the Raiders. It appeared as the officials had a directive from Goodell to throw the game in the Raiders favor. Don’t believe that…go watch the tape.

  2. jjackwagon says: Sep 13, 2016 3:09 PM

    If you can’t beat the Raiders at home…someone else needs to be calling the plays.

  3. madddogg365 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    He’s not giving up TOTAL control. He said so in the article. Payton had a lot to do w/Sunday’s game. In the 1st quarter, he held the play card.

  4. sb44champs says: Sep 13, 2016 3:11 PM

    Saints will have the Number 1 offense again… Top 5 for 10 years straight… All the haters were saying Brees is washed up LOL

  5. doe22us says: Sep 13, 2016 3:48 PM

    Offense no problem, it is the D.

  6. whodat5150 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:15 PM

    The defense played decent most of the game. When Delvin Breaux went down, that was a momentum swing for the Raiders. After the first two scoring drives, the Saints defense kept them scoreless for the 2nd, 3rd and much of the 4th quarters. I’ll be able to get a better gauge on how our defense does against the Giants and their weapons.

  7. lengai says: Sep 13, 2016 4:45 PM

    Getting thrown into your 1st NFL game in the 4th quarter having to cover Cooper and Crabtree is a very tall order.

  8. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 13, 2016 5:30 PM

    Now if they could just delegate defensive play calling to the LB coach, or at least burn Rob Ryan’s playbook. Saints D was putrid.

  9. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 13, 2016 5:32 PM

    LOL at the delusional Saints fans. You will be fighting Atlanta to stay out of the cellar. With your offense, though, I do give you the advantage.

  10. saintswin says: Sep 13, 2016 6:33 PM

    After the last 3 to 4 years you would think we would pay some money for a dam “PROVEN PASS RUSHER”

  11. rayguyhof says: Sep 13, 2016 8:29 PM

    “outlaw53 says:
    That was the worse late game officiating I’ve ever seen against the Raiders. It appeared as the officials had a directive from Goodell to throw the game in the Raiders favor. Don’t believe that…go watch the tape.”
    Yeah those darned refs!
    I guess you must have missed the phantom PI’s called on Oakland in this game allowing the Saints to score on their drives, not to mention Mack being held about 10 times and not called once.
    Raiders penalties called: 14 for 141 yards
    Saints: 7 for 53 yards

    Yeah they really had it in for the Saints in this one.

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