Report: Carmichael will turn down interviews, intends to stay with Saints


Earlier on Thursday there was a report that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael for the same role on new coach Gus Bradley’s staff.

It doesn’t look like an interview will happen and not because the Saints will block Carmichael, whose contract with the team expires shortly. Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Carmichael is expected to turn down the Jacksonville request because his intention is to remain with the Saints.

Holder also reports that he’ll turn down an interview request from the Eagles, although we haven’t heard of any formal request being made before or after Chip Kelly was hired as the head coach.

Carmichael has been on Sean Payton’s staff since Payton took over as the head coach in 2006. It’s been one of the league’s most potent offenses in that period, a record that helped Carmichael get an interview for a head coaching job in Chicago this month. Another year and another powerful Saints offense could get him even more looks for the next step up the ladder at this time in 2014.