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Pete Carmichael

Pete Carmichael is in his seventh season as the Saints’ offensive coordinator after tutoring the club’s quarterbacks his first three years with the club. Throughout this time, he has been a key figure in the planning and preparations of an offensive attack that has been ranked first in the NFL in yardage in five of the last nine seasons and in the top six each campaign. 

Pete Carmichael is in his seventh season as the Saints’ offensive coordinator after tutoring the club’s quarterbacks his first three years with the club. Throughout this time, he has been a key figure in the planning and preparations of an offensive attack that has been ranked first in the NFL in yardage in five of the last nine seasons and in the top six each campaign.

Last year Carmichael led a Saints offense that finished first in the NFL in net yards per game (411.4), third down efficiency (48.3%) and first downs (395). QB Drew Brees was invited to his club-record eighth Pro Bowl as a Saint as he finished tied for the NFL lead in passing yardage (4,952), joining Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino as only the third player in league record books to lead or tie for the passing yardage title five times. He also finished first in the NFL in completions (456) and second in completion percentage (69.2%) and tied for fifth in touchdown passes (33). TE Jimmy Graham led the team in both receiving and touchdowns with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition, RB Mark Ingram recorded the best season of his four-year career, leading the team in rushing yards (964), total yards from scrimmage (1,109) and rushing touchdowns (nine), which was tied for third in the NFL. Overall under Carmichael’s direction, New Orleans saw four offensive players make the Pro Bowl in 2014: Brees, G Jahri Evans, Graham and Ingram.

In 2013 the New Orleans offense finished fourth in net yards per game (399.4) and finished second in passing offense (307.4 ypg.), third in third down conversion percentage (43.9%), fourth in first downs (359) and second in yards after the catch (2,576). Four players on offense (Brees, Evans, Graham and G Ben Grubbs) were selected to the Pro Bowl. Brees finished near the top of the NFL in virtually every passing category, completing 446-of-650 (68.6%) passes for 5,162 yards with 39 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 104.5 passer rating, as he became the first player to throw for 5,000 yards four times. Graham enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons for a tight end in NFL history, recording 86 receptions for 1,215 yards with a franchise-record 16 touchdowns. The 2013 Saints were also only the fifth NFL team to have four players with 65 or more catches (Graham-86, RB Pierre Thomas-77, WR Marques Colston-75 and RB Darren Sproles-71), as New Orleans did so for the second consecutive season.

In 2012, Carmichael called plays for an offensive unit that finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL (410.9 ypg.) and the team also finished second in the conference and third in the league in scoring (28.8 ppg.). The Saints also compiled top-five NFL rankings in red zone touchdown percentage (68.4%), third down efficiency (44.0%) and first downs (352), supported by an offensive line with two Pro Bowl selections (T Jermon Bushrod and Evans) that surrendered only 26 sacks, tied for the league’s third-lowest total. Brees threw for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns, both league bests. The wideout duo of Colston and Lance Moore each reached the 1,000 yard mark.

In 2011, the Saints put together some of the best offensive numbers in league history as the team shattered several NFL and franchise records. After Head Coach Sean Payton suffered a leg injury in week six, Carmichael took over play-calling duties for New Orleans.  The Saints set NFL records in net yardage (7,474), passing yardage (5,347) and first downs (416) that have since been broken, while the marks for completion percentage (71.3%), third down conversion rate (56.7%) and fewest fumbles (6) still stand. The Saints also set a team mark and led the league in third down conversions (118). New Orleans finished with 547 points, the fourth-highest total in NFL history, and scored at least 45 points in four regular season games and one postseason contest, including three straight outputs of at least 45. Brees enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons by an NFL signal-caller as he completed 468-of-657 passes (71.2%) for 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns and a 110.6 rating, breaking NFL records for yardage (since broken), completions, 300-yard passing games (13) and completion percentage. As the passing attack reached new heights, Graham had a club-record 99 receptions for 1,310 yards with 11 touchdowns. A running game that was ranked sixth in the NFL flourished behind an offensive line that featured three Pro Bowl selections (Bushrod, Evans and G Carl Nicks), in addition to Brees and Graham. 

In 2010, the Saints finished third in the NFC and sixth in the NFL after averaging 372.5 yards of total offense, finishing third in the league in passing. The unit converted 48.8% of their third down conversions and ranked fifth in the NFL with 351 first downs.

In 2009, his first season with his new title, the Saints continued to compile impressive numbers on offense. The Saints finished in the top five in seven offensive categories, while also racking up an NFL-best 510 points. At least 45 points were scored four times, a fifth time in the postseason, with four straight outputs of at least 30 points. The Saints ranked first in the league with 6,461 net yards, then the third-best total in club history. The Saints’ 348 first downs was the second-best total in 2009 league rankings. The Saints also finished ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing with 131.6 yards per game on 4.5 yards per carry.

The offense continued to flourish in the postseason, averaging 35.6 points per game and scoring eight-of-nine times inside the red zone. Brees keyed the run, completing 70.6 percent of his passes and throwing eight touchdowns with a 117.0 passer rating. He was selected the Super Bowl XLIV MVP, as he led the Saints back from a ten point deficit, completing 18 of his last 19 passes and engineering the fourth quarter game-winning drive.

In 2008, Carmichael’s title was quarterbacks/passing game – with duties that included assisting in the pass routes, protection schemes and quarterback responsibilities. He tutored the signal callers his first three seasons with the club. In 2008, the offense went on to rank No. 1 in the NFL in passing, and Brees threw for 5,069 yards.

Carmichael has worked closely with Brees since both arrived in New Orleans in 2006, while virtually all of the franchise’s career, single-game and single-season passing records have fallen. Brees has led the NFL in passing yardage four times, set the NFL record for completion percentage twice and has thrown for a club record 283 touchdowns over the last eight seasons.

Carmichael brings the perspective of having a wide range of coaching experiences, including working with nearly every position group on offense during his career. With the Chargers, he assisted wide receivers coach James Lofton for an offense that ranked 10th in the NFL in 2004 and 2005. Carmichael joined the Chargers in 2002 and served as offensive assistant/quality control coach until being promoted.

In 2001, Carmichael was quality control coach for the Washington Redskins, and in 2000, he was the tight ends coach and offensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns. From 1995-99, Carmichael was the quarterbacks coach at Louisiana Tech, and during his tenure the Bulldogs’ signal-callers broke almost every passing record at the school. He began his coaching career as the assistant offensive line coach at the University of New Hampshire in 1994, with the Wildcats winning the Yankee Conference championship.

Born Oct. 6, 1971 in Framingham, Mass., Carmichael attended Medway (Mass.) High School where he played football and baseball. He went on to a collegiate playing career in baseball and was a four-year letterman at Boston College. As a senior, Carmichael was a team captain and Most Valuable Player. He graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1994.

COACHING CAREER: New Hampshire, 1994; Louisiana Tech,

1995-99; Cleveland Browns, 2000; Washington Redskins, 2001; San Diego

Chargers, 2002-05; New Orleans Saints, 2006-.

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