Former Saints coach reunites with Sean Payton

Pete Carmichael, New Orleans Saints
Pete Carmichael, New Orleans Saints / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

A former New Orleans Saints assistant coach is linking back up with a former Saints head coach. All things considered, nobody should be that surprised.

It's no secret that (now former) New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael was a real lightning rod talking point among Saints fans. When the long-time assistant coach was relieved of his duties, there was a good amount of joy and relief from the fan base.

After all, Sean Payton brought in Carmichael for his first Saints staff in 2006 to serve as the team's quarterbacks coach. From there, he spent 2007 and 2008 also serving as the passing game coach on top of coaching Drew Brees and the quarterbacks.

Starting in 2009, Carmichael was the offensive coordinator of the Saints. Considering 2009 was the first and only Super Bowl championship season in the history of the franchise, it's relatively easy to see how he was able to hold the position until the 2023 season concluded.

Of course, it certainly helps that Payton was his superior for the majority of this time, and now, Carmichael will be working under Payton once again, this time in the mile high city with the Denver Broncos.

At the time of this writing, it is still yet to be confirmed what Carmichael's official title with the Broncos will be, as he will not be the team's offensive coordinator. It's been understandably surmised that he will serve as some sort of senior offensive assistant.

What's also unclear at this point, is just who will take Carmichael's place as offensive coordinator of the Saints. That's a discussion for another time though. As for now, there are almost certainly a good amount of New Orleans Saints fans that will chuckle at this news, as it was fairly predictable when you really think about it, almost inevitable.