January 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Could the New Orleans Saints lose offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.?

After the New Orleans Saints risked losing the respect of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo following a surprising mutiny from an anonymous source, now they risk losing their offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. for a different reason.

ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Carmichael Jr. will interview with the Chicago Bears for their head coaching vacancy after they let Lovie Smith go this past Monday with the Chicago Sun-Times saying the the interview will be conducted today.

Many in New Orleans breathed a sigh of relief when he made the statement over a week ago that despite interest from NFL and college teams that he would likely be staying put and continue to mastermind a dazzling offense combined with head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees.

“This is the place I want to be. I love it here. My family loves it and this is where we consider our home.”

With that statement it looked like when Payton returned that it would be business as usual.  However now it looks like it could be NFL business as usual and nothing is ever set in stone.

Carmichael Jr. would definitely be welcomed in Chicago with his offensive mindset and breath some life into a team that appears to be on the cusp of going to another Super Bowl.  Of course having a quarterback like Jay Cutler throwing to wide receiver Brandon Marshall doesn’t hurt either.

On a side note, if Carmichael Jr. is swayed up North, then he would be facing his old team this season.  The Saints are scheduled to face the Bears in Soldier Field sometime during the 2013-2014 schedule.

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