Pete Carmichael interviewing for Chicago Bears job, source confirms ProFootballTalk.com report
New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. is reportedly interviewing with the Chicago Bears as they seek a replacement for Lovie Smith. ProFootballTalk.com reported the news Wednesday evening, and a league source confirmed the report to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
Carmichael is scheduled to interview with the Bears on Thursday.
Carmichael gained attention last season when he took over the play-calling duties from Sean Payton after the Saints' coach injured his leg during a game and was forced to the coaches box. With Payton suspended for the year, Carmichael called all the plays this season as quarterback Drew Brees threw for a league-high 43 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards for the third time.
At his last press conference of the season, Carmichael stressed how much he and his family love New Orleans.
"Really over the last year plus, there's been more responsibility (with the Saints), which I think is a positive for myself," Carmichael said last week. "But, I'm not even thinking about those things. This is the place I want to be. I love it here. My family loves it here. This is what we consider our home."
Carmichael interviewed for openings with Oakland and Indianapolis last year and was mentioned as a candidate for the Boston College opening as well. Carmichael would be a dramatic change for the Bears as Smith is a defensive coach.
This is what Brees had to say about Carmichael at the end of the 2011 season, a year in which Brees broke Dan Marino's single-season passing yards record: "I'm so proud of Pete. To watch the job he has done and watch him progress as the season has gone on. I just know I consider Sean one of the best offensive minds and play-callers there are. To watch Pete now approach that level, I assume that there's a high demand for guys like that."
Carmichael's father, Pete Sr., coached for four decades in college and the NFL, including a stint as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2000, where he gave Pete Jr. his start in the league as an offensive assistant. Carmichael Jr. also coached with the Chargers where he began his long association with Brees.