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Pete Carmichael
Offensive Coordinator

Pete Carmichael is in his eighth 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 10 seasons and in the top six each campaign. During this period of Carmichael’s tenure on the New Orleans coaching staff, the club’s 10-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in offense is the third-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Pete Carmichael is in his eighth 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 10 seasons and in the top six each campaign. During this period of Carmichael’s tenure on the New Orleans coaching staff, the club’s 10-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in offense is the third-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

In 2015, Carmichael coordinated an offense that finished second in the National Football League (403.8 ypg.), with the club finishing first in net passing yards per game (310.6), third down efficiency (47.7%) and first downs (381). QB Drew Brees threw for an NFL-high 4,870 yards and 32 touchdowns with a 101.0 rating despite missing one game with a shoulder injury, becoming the first quarterback in league record books to lead or tie for first in passing yardage six times. Despite missing the last four games, RB Mark Ingram led the team with a career-high 1,074 total yards from scrimmage, with Tim Hightower picking up the slack after he was sidelined, gaining 454 yards and four touchdowns in the final four contests. Among wideouts, both Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead enjoyed breakout seasons. Cooks led the team in all three major receiving categories with 84 grabs for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns. Snead secured a roster spot and made 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns. In his first season as the club’s featured tight end, Benjamin Watson set career-highs with 74 grabs for 825 yards, while tying a career-best with six touchdown receptions.

In 2014, Carmichael led an offense that finished first in the NFL in net yards per game (411.4), third down efficiency (48.3%) and first downs (395). 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). 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 and Ingram led the team in rushing yards (964), total yards from scrimmage (1,109) and rushing touchdowns (nine), which was tied for third in the NFL. New Orleans saw four offensive players make the Pro Bowl in 2014: Brees, G Jahri Evans, Graham and Ingram.

In 2013 the 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 and a 104.5 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 a unit that finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL (410.9 ypg.) and ranked 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 1,000 yards.

In 2011, the Saints produced some of the best offensive numbers in league history as the team shattered several NFL and team records. After Head Coach Sean Payton suffered a leg injury in Week Six, Carmichael took over play-calling duties.  New Orleans set NFL records in net passing yardage (5,347) and first downs (416) that have since been broken, while the marks for net yardage (7,474), completion percentage (71.3%), third down conversion rate (56.7%) and fewest fumbles (6) still stand. They 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 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 or tied for the lead in passing yardage an NFL-record six times, set the league record for completion percentage twice and has thrown for a club-record 348 touchdowns over the last ten 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 tenth 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 school passing record. 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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