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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Who will call plays for Saints?

By Pat Yasinskas

METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton might be the best offensive playcaller in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be in that role this season.

Payton gave a vague answer Wednesday when asked if he or offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael will call the plays.

“We haven’t worked through all that yet,’’ Payton said during Wednesday’s minicamp. “But Pete’s invaluable. His role will be significant.’’

Carmichael has called the plays much of the past two seasons. He was the sole playcaller last season when Payton was serving a suspension and the Saints put a productive offense on the field. In 2011, Carmichael took over play-calling duties after Payton suffered a broken leg and a knee injury in a sideline collision.

I don’t think the Saints can go wrong either way. If they let Carmichael call the plays, Payton’s influence will show through. Carmichael has been with Payton since 2006 and was with quarterback Drew Brees in San Diego. If Payton ends up calling the plays, I’m sure he’ll listen to input from Carmichael.