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Monday, January 12, 2009
Saints promote Carmichael to offensive coordinator

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Here's the full update to the previous item we had on assistant coach Bret Ingalls joining the Saints. That move is one domino in a series of moves the Saints just announced to solidify and offensive coaching staff that was shaken up late last season when coordinator/offensive line coach Doug Marrone left for the head job at Syracuse.

Ingalls has been added to the staff as running backs coach. Along with that move, the Saints have made three other moves, promoting Pete Carmichael Jr. to offensive coordinator and Aaron Kromer to offensive line coach and naming Joe Lombardi quarterbacks coach.

Carmichael has been with the Saints since 2006, when coach Sean Payton took over. He previously was quarterbacks coach. Kromer had been the running backs coach, although he also took over the offensive line when Marrone left before the final two games last season.

Ingalls was at Northwestern the last three seasons, starting as offensive line coach and taking on the title of running game coordinator last year.

"My philosophy in hiring coaches has always been to make finding teachers of the game and enthusiasm the biggest priorities during the interview process,” Payton said. "Bret is well respected for his knowledge and communication skills with players. He has a wealth of experience working with several position groups and as a coordinator and I am very excited with what he will bring to our coaching staff.”

Promoting from within on offense is a wise move since the Saints have been excellent in the passing game throughout Payton's tenure. Payton is heavily involved in the offense, so there shouldn't be much difficulty with the transition.

"Pete's promotion is well-deserved and I can't say enough about his ability, and Aaron did a great job with the running backs last year, particularly with the development of Pierre Thomas,'' Payton said. "Moving to the offensive line, where the majority of his NFL experience is, was a natural progression on our staff, and he'll also contribute to our game-planning with the running game.

"Joe worked closely with Pete last season and has a strong understanding of our philosophy on offense. 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."

Still waiting to hear what the Saints are going to do on defense, where they fired coordinator Gary Gibbs.