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Monday, January 16, 2012
Pete Carmichael to meet with Raiders

By Pat Yasinskas

The New Orleans Saints could lose more than one coordinator.

Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael reportedly will interview for the job as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. That comes after defensive coordinator Gregg Williams left to join Jeff Fisher with the St. Louis Rams.

I don’t think there was a strong attempt by the Saints to keep Williams, whose contract expired at the end of the season. That’s because Williams’ defense had struggled since after the team’s Super Bowl championship in the 2009 season.

But I don’t think Carmichael is a guy the Saints want to lose. He’s a favorite of quarterback Drew Brees, and the two worked together in San Diego. Carmichael also is highly thought of by New Orleans coach Sean Payton.

After Payton suffered a broken leg in a midseason game at Tampa Bay, he let Carmichael take over play-calling duties. Even after Payton’s leg healed, he let Carmichael continue to call the plays.

Around the league, Carmichael is viewed as an intellectual. But he also has a very quiet public demeanor. When interviewing with the media, Carmichael comes across as shy and guarded.

Those traits could work against him with other teams. But they could work in Carmichael’s favor with the Raiders, who have always been known for operating very quietly.