3 OC candidates Saints should target (and 2 they shouldn't) in 2024

Pete Carmichael needs to go.

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It is very fair to say the 2023 New Orleans Saints have underperformed to this point. On paper, they very well could be the most well-rounded and talented team in the NFC South.

But, this offense is still middle-of-the-road in most categories and has yet to reach anywhere close to its potential. The majority of Saints fans would agree, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael needs to go.

In 2024, the Saints will have a plethora of candidates to choose from. Let's identify three excellent targets while cautioning against two to avoid.

Target: Darrell Bevell, Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coordinator, Miami Dolphins

With 23 years of coaching experience in the NFL, Darrell Bevell is first up on our list of targets. And, I understand why some would have their hesitancies. His offenses haven't always been prolific, but he has certainly seen some success over the years in places like Minnesota and Seattle.

The big reason why he might be ready to get back to the coordinator level is due to his experience under Mike McDaniel and Frank Smith these last two seasons. The Dolphins are no. 1 in the league in yards per game and no. 2 in scoring, as we speak. Until the Cowboys got hot, there wasn't a more exciting offense in football this year, and Smith is likely to get himself a head coach gig in 2024.

Bevell has been there and done that as a coordinator, but if he could implement much of what Miami has done in recent seasons, the Saints would benefit highly. There aren't many other offensive staffs you'd want to pluck from than McDaniel's.