January 2, 2013

Carmichael Interviewing Again

With this be the offseason that Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael lands a head coaching job?

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, who kept the Saints' offense going - albeit often sputtering - during Sean Payton's suspension, is reportedly in Chicago interviewing for that job opening, where the Bears recently canned Lovie Smith.

Carmichael has interviewed with other clubs as an annual ritual.  He was nearly pulled to Miami to be their offensive coordinator in both 2007 and 2008 and again after the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV, but stayed and in 2009, was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.  He was linked to the Dolphins job again in 2011, and in 2012, Carmichael drew head coaching interest from the Colts and Raiders and also from his alma mater, Boston College.

Other former Saints coaches in the news:

The Bears will also be interviewing Ditka-era Saints quarterbacks coach Tom Clements for their head coaching job.  Clements has been an offensive assistant coach with the Packers since 2006.

Cleveland and Buffalo will reportedly interview Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, who was a Saints assistant coach from 2006-2008.

Buffalo is also reportedly interested in interviewing Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, a former Bills linebacker and Saints head coach from 2000-2006.

The St. Louis Rams have fired Blake Williams, son of Gregg, and apparently severed ties with Gregg Williams, the former Saints' defensive coordinator who is serving an indefinite suspension related to the bounty scandal and coverup.

Saints LB Scott Shanle tweeted, "All these nfl teams looking for a general manager need to take a look at new orleans saints dpp Ryan Pace. He will b one of top gm someday"

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