Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. doesn’t yet know if he’ll call his team’s plays during the 2014 regular season after doing so in recent exhibition wins at St. Louis and at home against Tennessee.
But Carmichael does know this: Even if it is his voice that’s being piped into quarterback Drew Brees’ headset before snaps, play-calling for the Saints this year will remain a collaboration influenced in large part by coach Sean Payton.
“It’s very much a group effort out there,” Carmichael said after a training camp practice Tuesday.
Of the man who’s mostly called the Saints’ plays since 2006, he added, “Sean is the best in the business.”
Despite his deference, many figure Carmichael isn’t too far behind Payton in play-calling. Carmichael assumed those duties for the first time in his career in 2011 after Payton suffered a broken leg on the sideline in a Week 6 loss at Tampa Bay; and he held onto them for the final 10 contests of the regular season, when the offense averaged a stunning 476.1 yards per game.