Pete Carmichael | New Orleans Saints

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Team: New Orleans Saints
Organization: Professional Football
Position: Offensive Coordinator
League: NFL
Hometown: Framingham, MA


Pete Carmichael’s in his 11th season as Saints offensive coordinator after tutoring the quarterbacks his first three years with the club. Throughout this time, he has been a key figure in the planning and preparations of an offensive attack that has been ranked first in the NFL in yardage in six of the last 13 seasons and in the top eight each campaign. During this period of Carmichael’s tenure on the New Orleans coaching staff, the club’s 13-year streak of finishing in the top 10 in offense is the third-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

In 2018, Carmichael guided a Saints offense that finished third in the NFL in points per game (31.5) en route to a 13-3 record and an NFC South Division championship for the second consecutive season. The Saints also finished tied for third with the fewest giveaways (16), ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (126.6), eighth in total offense (379.2) and led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (26). Quarterback Drew Brees finished the 2018 regular season surpassing his prior NFL record for completion percentage (74.4), leading the league with a career-high 115.7 passer rating to go along with 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions in a season when he became the league’s all-time completions and passing yardage leader. Also under Carmichael’s tutelage, running back Alvin Kamara ranked seventh in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with a club-best 1,592 yards and ranked second in the league with 18 touchdowns, which tied the franchise-best, earning Pro Bowl honors in the process. Wide receiver Michael Thomas shattered the club’s receptions and receiving yardage records with a league-best 125 grabs for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. Brees (second-team) and Thomas (first-team) were Associated Press All-Pros in addition to being selected as Pro Bowl starters. The offensive line surrendered only 20 sacks for the second consecutive season, the league’s second-lowest total. Left tackle Terron Armstead, guards Andrus Peat and Larry Warford and center Max Unger were named to the Pro Bowl, while right tackle Ryan Ramczyk was an AP second-team All-Pro.

In 2017, Carmichael coordinated a balanced offense that finished second in the NFL (391.2 ypg.), with the Saints being the only club to be ranked in the top five both in passing (fifth-261.8) and rushing (fifth-129.4). The Saints also finished first in the NFL in yards per play (6.3), passing yards per play (8.1), fourth down efficiency (80.0%) and yards after the catch (2,401). Brees set the NFL single-season record for completion percentage (72.0%), completing 386-of-536 passes for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns, eight interceptions, his lowest total as a Saint and a 103.9 passer rating. Running back Mark Ingram II set career-highs with 1,124 yards rushing, 12 rushing touchdowns, 58 receptions and 1,540 total yards from scrimmage. Kamara set a league record for rookie running backs with 826 receiving yards on 81 receptions and five touchdowns, while he led the NFL by averaging 6.1 yards per carry on 120 carries for 728 yards with eight touchdowns, as he led the club with 1,554 total yards from scrimmage and was selected by the AP as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and as a second-team All-Pro (flex). The 3,094 combined total yards from scrimmage from Ingram and Kamara was the second-most by an NFL running back duo since the start of a 16-game season in 1978. Thomas set the club single-season receiving record with 104 receptions for 1,245 yards. The 4,339 combined total yards from scrimmage by Ingram, Kamara and Thomas, was the highest total by a skill position trio in club history. The offensive line allowed just 20 sacks, the second-fewest in the NFL, even though they had to open with six different starting combinations. Brees, Ingram, Kamara, Thomas and Warford were selected to the Pro Bowl.

In 2016, the Saints offense ranked first in the NFL (426.0 ypg.), with the club also finishing first in passing offense (317.1 ypg.), third down efficiency (48.6), first downs (395) and yards after catch (2,439). The club posted the third-highest scoring season in club history, ranking second in the NFL (29.3 ppg.). The team’s 6,816 total yards gained on the season was the seventh-highest total in league history. With Thomas and wide receiver Brandin Cooks each recording 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Ingram posting a 1,000-yard rushing season and Brees reaching 5,000-yards passing, the New Orleans offense became the second one in NFL history that featured a 5,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers, joining the 2013 Denver Broncos. Brees reached 5,000 passing yards for an NFL-record fifth time while his passing yardage total (5,208) was the second-highest in his career and the fourth-highest of all-time, leading the league for an NFL-record seventh time. He also set an NFL single-season record for completions (471), as he was named to the Pro Bowl. Ingram ran for 1,043 yards, becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher in club history since 2006 (Deuce McAllister). Cooks (1,173) and Thomas (1,137) each eclipsed 1,100 yards receiving with Thomas setting the team single-season rookie record for receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns. Thomas finished the season leading all NFL rookies in all three categories with the receptions total second all-time for a rookie behind Anquan Boldin’s 101 in 2003.

In 2015, Carmichael coordinated an offense that finished second in the NFL (403.8 ypg.), with the club finishing first in net passing yards per game (310.6), third down efficiency (47.7%) and first downs (381). Brees threw for an NFL-high 4,870 yards and 32 touchdowns with a 101.0 rating despite missing one game. Despite being sidelined the final four games, Ingram had a team-high 1,074 total yards from scrimmage. Wideouts Cooks and Willie Snead IV enjoyed breakout seasons. Cooks led the team in all three major receiving categories with 84 grabs for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns. Snead secured a roster spot and made 69 catches for 984 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Benjamin Watson set career-highs with 74 grabs for 825 yards, while tying a career-best with six touchdown receptions.

In 2014, Carmichael led an offense that finished first in the NFL in net yards per game (411.4), third down efficiency (48.3%) and first downs (395). Brees tied for the NFL lead in passing yardage (4,952). He also finished first in the NFL in completions (456), second in completion percentage (69.2%) and tied for fifth in touchdown passes (33). Tight end Jimmy Graham led the team in both receiving and touchdowns with 85 catches for 889 yards and ten touchdowns and Ingram led the team in rushing yards (964), total yards from scrimmage (1,109) and rushing touchdowns (nine), which was tied for third in the NFL. Four offensive Saints made the Pro Bowl: Brees, guard Jahri Evans, Graham and Ingram.

In 2013 the offense finished fourth in net yards per game (399.4), second in passing offense (307.4 ypg.), third in third down conversion percentage (43.9%), fourth in first downs (359) and second in yards after the catch (2,576). Brees, Evans, Graham and guard Ben Grubbs were selected to the Pro Bowl. Brees finished near the top of the NFL in virtually every passing category, completing 446-of-650 (68.6%) passes for 5,162 yards with 39 touchdowns and a 104.5 rating. Graham enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons for a tight end in NFL history, recording 86 receptions for 1,215 yards with a franchise-record 16 touchdowns. The 2013 Saints were also only the fifth NFL team to have four players with 65 or more catches (Graham-86, running back Pierre Thomas-77, wide receiver Marques Colston-75 and running back Darren Sproles-71), as New Orleans did so for the second consecutive season.

In 2012, Carmichael called plays for an offense that finished second in the NFL (410.9 ypg.) and third in the league in scoring (28.8 ppg.). The Saints also compiled top-five NFL rankings in red zone touchdown percentage (68.4%), third down conversion rate (44.0%) and first downs (352), supported by a line with two Pro Bowl selections (tackle Jermon Bushrod and Evans) that surrendered only 26 sacks, tied for third-lowest in the NFL. Brees threw for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns, both league-bests. The wideout duo of Colston and Lance Moore each reached 1,000 yards.

In 2011, the Saints produced some of the best offensive numbers in league history as the team shattered several NFL and team records. After Head Coach Sean Payton suffered a leg injury in Week Six, Carmichael took over play-calling duties. New Orleans set NFL records in completion percentage (71.3%), net passing yardage (5,347) and first downs (416) that have since been broken, while the marks for total net yards (7,474), third down conversion rate (56.7%) and fewest fumbles (6) still stand. They also set a team mark and led the league in third down conversions (118). New Orleans finished with 547 points, the fourth-highest total in NFL history, and scored at least 45 points in four regular season games and one postseason contest, including three straight outputs of at least 45. Brees enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons by a signal-caller as he completed 468-of-657 passes (71.2%) for 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns and a 110.6 rating, breaking NFL records for yardage (since broken), completions, 300-yard passing games (13) and completion percentage (since broken). Graham had a club-record 99 receptions for 1,310 yards with 11 touchdowns. A running game that was ranked sixth in the NFL flourished behind an offensive line that featured three Pro Bowl selections (Bushrod, Evans and guard Carl Nicks), in addition to Brees and Graham.

In 2010, the Saints finished third in the NFC and sixth in the NFL after averaging 372.5 yards of total offense, finishing third in the league in passing. The unit converted 48.8% of their third down conversions and ranked fifth in the NFL with 351 first downs.

In 2009, Carmichael’s first season with his new title, the Saints continued to compile impressive numbers on offense. The Saints finished in the top five in seven offensive categories, while also racking up an NFL-best 510 points. At least 45 points were scored four times, a fifth time in the postseason, with four straight outputs of at least 30. The Saints ranked first in the league with 6,461 net yards, then the third-best total in club history. The Saints’ 348 first downs was the second-best total in league rankings. The Saints also finished ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing with 131.6 yards per game on 4.5 yards per carry. The offense continued to flourish in the postseason, averaging 35.6 points per game and scoring eight-of-nine times inside the red zone. Brees keyed the run, completing 70.6 percent of his passes and throwing eight touchdowns with a 117.0 passer rating. He was selected the Super Bowl XLIV MVP, as he led the Saints back from a ten-point deficit, completing 18 of his last 19 passes and engineering the fourth quarter game-winning drive.

In 2008, Carmichael’s title was quarterbacks/passing game – with duties that included assisting in the pass routes, protection schemes and quarterback responsibilities. He tutored the signal callers his first three seasons with the club. In 2008, the offense went on to rank No. 1 in the NFL in passing, and Brees threw for 5,069 yards.

Carmichael has worked closely with Brees since both arrived in New Orleans in 2006, while all of the franchise’s passing records have fallen. Brees has led the NFL or tied for the lead in passing yardage an NFL-record seven times, set the league record for completion percentage four times and has thrown for a club-record 440 touchdowns over the last 13 seasons.

Carmichael brings the perspective of having a wide range of coaching experiences, including working with nearly every position group on offense. With the Chargers, he assisted wide receivers coach James Lofton for an offense that ranked tenth in the NFL in 2004 and 2005. Carmichael joined the Chargers in 2002 and served as offensive assistant/quality control coach until being promoted.

In 2001, Carmichael was quality control coach for the Washington Redskins, and in 2000, he was the tight ends coach and offensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns. From 1995-99, Carmichael was the quarterbacks coach at Louisiana Tech, and during his tenure the signal-callers broke almost every school passing record. He began his coaching career as the assistant offensive line coach at the University of New Hampshire in 1994, with the Wildcats winning the Yankee Conference championship.

Born Oct. 6, 1971 in Framingham, Mass., Carmichael attended Medway (Mass.) High School where he played football and baseball. He was a four-year baseball letterman at Boston College. As a senior, Carmichael was a team captain and Most Valuable Player. He graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1994.

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