Pete Carmichael: New Orleans Saints OC Interviewed with Oakland Raiders

Zayne GranthamContributor IIIJanuary 16, 2012

METAIRE, LA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Pete Carmichael Jr of the New Orleans Saints poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Another bit of news from the New Orleans Saints has just surfaced. Mike Triplett of The Times-Picayune has reported that Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael interviewed with the Oakland Raiders while the Saints were in the Bay Area.

Triplett says that ESPN's Adam Schefter originally reported the story earlier today.

This is something that I did not see coming. Carmichael's name has surfaced in the last couple of weeks in regards to a head coaching spot, but I did not think that he would actually take a job. Carmichael took over as the Saints' play-caller when Sean Payton went down with an injury and never gave the job up.

He did great with the role in 2011 and helped the Saints to reach numerous NFL records. Carmichael is very close to quarterback Drew Brees and Brees has been very supportive of the coach. Payton has also spoken highly of Carmichael.

It would not be shocking to see Carmichael do well in a head coaching job, and he will more than likely be in that spot pretty soon.

However, I did not think he would get the opportunity this soon. ESPN's Yasinskas also said that the Miami Dolphins are interested in Carmichael to become their next head coach. It is very possible that Carmichael could be leaving the Saints in the next few days.

The Saints have already lost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson. Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has interviewed with a couple of teams and now Carmichael could be on his way out.

New Orleans did not make much of an attempt to keep Williams and that is understandable. Many people said that he would be out of New Orleans either way. However, I doubt that the Saints want to give up Carmichael after his great performance in the 2011 season.

Now we will just have to wait and see where Carmichael ends up in the next few days; hopefully he will stay in New Orleans coaching the Saints.