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The Saints lost their offensive coordinator late last season when Doug Marrone left the team to become the head coach at Syracuse. Since head coach Sean Payton is New Orleans’ primary play-caller, the move didn’t make many ripples.
And the team’s new hire barely ruffles feathers as well, with the Saints promoting Pete Carmichael from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Payton will still call the plays, but it’s not as if Carmichael’s voice will be new to the process; he came to the Saints from San Diego, where he had mentored Drew Brees for four seasons, and he is considered one of the primary minds behind New Orleans’ passing game. Carmichael has been offered the Dolphins’ coordinator position twice (once by Cam Cameron, once by Tony Sporano), but opted to remain with the Saints.
“Pete’s promotion is well-deserved, and I can’t say enough about his ability,” Payton said in a published report. “I like the way these moves complete our offensive staff, and the promotions from within maintain our continuity on an offense that has been extremely successful.”
With most of the pieces of last year’s high-flying passing game back in 2009, there’s no reason to expect anything different from the Saints this time around. Last year, you may recall, Brees was one medium-range completion away from breaking Dan Marino’s NFL record for passing yards in a season. Assuming Pierre Thomas can pick up whatever slack Deuce McAllister’s departure has left, the Saints should once again offer plenty of fantasy help. And if the running game suffers without Deuce… maybe this year Brees doesn’t fall short.