The New Orleans Saints' offense was, at times, unstoppable this season. It's not surprising, then, that someone associated with the incredibly potent group led by Drew Brees would be interviewed for a head coaching gig. Pete Carmichael Jr. is the Saints' offensive coordinator and the latest name tied to the Oakland Raiders' search for a replacement for Hue Jackson, who was let go recently by new general manager Reggie McKenzie.
"Former Oakland owner Al Davis, who died in October, would be proud of the Carmichael interview," writes Bill Williamson. "He is a textbook Oakland candidate. He is young and offensive minded. The 40-year-old Carmichael has been an assistant on some powerful offensive teams and he worked for Sean Payton, a young coach who Davis coveted at one point. Carmichael called plays while Payton was injured earlier in the season and he is considered a coach on the rise. Davis loved finding this type of coach and now his replacement is doing the same."