The New Orleans Saints made the surprising decision not to move on from Pete Carmichael this offseason. He'll be retained as the offensive coordinator because, as Mike Triplett noted, the Saints believe in him to turn things around.
This is not a popular decision amongst the fans. We all saw how bad this offense was in 2022 and how Carmichael often ignored using Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara in the key moments. Ignoring two of your best weapons is never a good strategy.
With Carmichael coming back in 2023, he better dial things up.
Saints OC Pete Carmichael cannot fail again in 2023
There was no excuse for a team that had Kamara, Hill, Chris Olave, Juwan Johnson, and Rashid Shaheed at their disposal to finish the season ranked 22nd in points scored.
In the Saints' final three games, the offense averaged just 14.7 points per game, which is pathetic in today's offensive-heavy league. If Carmichael wants to keep his job beyond next season, he has to be better about using his best weapons.
Carmichael returning also likely means that Andy Dalton re-signs in New Orleans. I'm not against this by any means but the Saints need to have another plan of action moving forward. Dalton is a fine quarterback but he's not the long-term solution.
No one is excited about Carmichael returning as the offensive coordinator, but maybe -- just maybe -- he can do his best Sean Payton impression and get this offense rolling.