With Andy Reid simply waiting to be fired, the focus is on the Philadelphia Eagles future. So, what I’ll be doing for the next few weeks is coming up with some interesting candidates for the job. And your first candidate is…
Pete Carmichael, Jr. – Offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints!
Carmichael makes sense for the Eagles in a number of ways. First off, the feeling around the Linc has been that Jeffrey Lurie is looking for an offensive mind to replace Andy Reid and Carmichael is a mastermind of sorts. Drew Brees' success with New Orleans is very much tied to Carmichael, the Saints' long-time offensive coordinator.
He’s been a member of the Saints organization since 2006, the same year Brees joined New Orleans. Originally a quarterbacks coach, Carmichael was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2009. During his four years as coordinator, the Saints have been first, sixth, first, and now eighth in the league for total offense. It’s important to note that since Week 6 of last season, Carmichael has been the Saints play caller and that he’s only 40 years old. That’s the kind of guy around whom you can build a steady foundation.
Carmichael’s offense is a diverse attack based on speed and quick strikes down the field. It just so happens that the Eagles have the right type of personnel to run such a game plan. Receivers like Lance Moore and Devrey Henderson are similar to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Darren Sproles, one of the best in the league as a receiver, would be replaced by an elite back in LeSean McCoy.
Also worth noting is that Carmichael often employs a three- and sometimes four-headed rushing attack to emphasize the various skills of each back in given situations. Think back to the three-headed monster for the Saints during their 2009 Super Bowl run. Therefore, with Carmichael at the helm it would actually make sense if the Eagles kept four running backs on the roster next year.
So while the bigger names like Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher are popping up, keep your eye on this young, creative play-caller in the Big Easy. He might just be the next head honcho.