Carmichael a great OC target for Jaguars

January, 17, 2013
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Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars have asked the Saints for permission to talk to offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, who’s got an expiring contract.

It’s a great move.

Here’s the Choice Carmichael faces:
A) Re-sign with the Saints, resume working under a head coach in Sean Payton who is the play-caller and continue to be part of the career of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, Drew Brees.

B) Sign with the Jaguars as Gus Bradley's top offensive coach, get a lot more power in terms of charting the course for an NFL offense, help choose the starting quarterback and call plays for an offense with no one close to Brees.

Those are two pretty nice options for a guy who’s been in New Orleans since 2006 and has drawn some interest as a head coaching candidate.

If Carmichael wants to ultimately be a head coach, which choice would offer the best path? More of the same or something different?

I think if he chooses the Jaguars and leads an improved offense, it could further round out his resume. It could bring bigger rewards, but it comes with bigger risk.

I said just a couple hours ago the first, biggest question from Bradley would be who his offensive coordinator is. If it's Carmichael, Bradley will get a big thumbs-up for his first major move.

UPDATE: Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Carmichael is expected to decline invitations to talk to the Jaguars and Eagles.

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