Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael will interview for the head-coaching vacancy in Chicago, an NFL source confirmed Wednesday night.
ProFootballTalk.com first reported the interview. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the interview will take place Thursday.
Carmichael was in the mix for head-coaching vacancies a year ago, interviewing for the Colts opening and while being connected to the Raiders opening.
With Sean Payton suspended for the season, Carmichael guided a Saints offense without its creator to the No. 2 overall ranking this season. New Orleans ended the year with the league’s fourth-best third-down offense.
A year after setting an NFL record for total offense (7,474), the Saints recorded their second-most yards in franchise history (6,574).
When Carmichael has said in the past would be open to taking on a head-coaching job if the right one came along. But this past Friday, during his final media availability of the season, he said New Orleans is where his family considers home.
“I would say that over the last year plus there has been responsibility, which has been a positive for myself,” Carmichael said. “I’m not even thinking about those things. This is the place I want to be. I love it here. My family loves it and this is where we consider our home.”
Carmichael came to New Orleans in 2006, working at that point as the team’s quarterbacks coach. He was elevated in 2009 to offensive coordinator and has been in that position since.
His star began to shine brighter in the middle of the 2011 season when he took over play-calling duties for Payton after the head coach broke his leg in a sideline incident in Tampa. In that time, the Saints scored at least 42 points in five games and racked up at least 430 yards in eight.