Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the 49ers 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Payton To Give Up Play-calling Duties?

Some of you may not have noticed that against the Tennessee Titans Sean Payton wasn’t the one calling the play on offense: Pete Carmichael did, as NFL Insider Ian Rapaport reported:

Payton’s comment on this might be a hint that this change could be permanent for the 2014 season:

Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael was also calling plays in 2012, when Payton was serving the bounty-related one-year suspension. In 2012 Carmichael was named “interim head coach” for the first four games of the season, as assistant head coach/linebackers’ coach Joe Vitt was suspend too.

In 2012 under Carmichael the Saints offense finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL (410.9 yds/game.); the team also finished third in the NFL in scoring with 28.8 pts/game. Brees threw for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns, both league bests. The wideout duo of Colston and Lance Moore each reached the 1,000 yard mark, per neworleanssaints.com.

We all love Sean Payton but this could a good move: Carmichael can do an excellent job and that’s a proven fact. If Sean Payton decides to give up play-calling he can still put together an effective game plan every week and then, when he’s on the sideline, focus more on the general aspects of the game and then make adjustments together with Carmichael and Brees.

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