Entering his 15th season with the New Orleans Saints, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael will be forced to prepare for a season like never before.
The New Orleans Saints and every other NFL team are having to prepare for a season they aren’t positive will even come to fruition. While it’s highly likely there will some type of a season, the Saints have been forced into a virtual offseason.
Back in late April, the team was informed there would be no offseason program.
That doesn’t mean that the team and its members just took the last few months off. Of course, the team has been preparing and getting their most-recent signees up to speed with the system that has dominated the NFC South over the last three seasons.
At-large Carmichael thinks the virtual offseason has been “very successful” which seems to be a sign that these virtual meetings and staying in touch with the position coaches is going as well as possible.
“I think to start out, there’s probably no substitute for being face-to-face in contact with them. But I think that this virtual offseason for us has been very successful. And obviously having a veteran team, that makes the process a lot smoother for us. But as far as the virtual meetings go, I think that they’ve been real detailed for us. I’ve had an opportunity to jump on and listen to all the position coaches as they’re going through,” Pete Carmichael told New Orleans Saints’ beat writer John DeShazier.
There’s no denying this was going to be a difficult and different challenge for Carmichael who has the responsibility of running an offense that’s projected to be one of the best in the NFC.
He’s adding new faces like Adam Trautman, Cesar Ruiz, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jameis Winston — all players the Saints expect to stay in the Big Easy for the next several seasons. Getting them involved immediately as two will be starting was likely a process for the team.
However, it seems Carmichael has done it well and transitioned to this new, hopefully temporary reality with ease. Carmichael’s chemistry with head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees is just one of many reasons this team will be favored yet again to reign over the NFC South.
A veteran coach, Carmichael has continued to prove why he was an excellent selection to captain this team’s offense.