Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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MOBILE, Ala. Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said Monday it was an easy decision to turn down interviews to stay in New Orleans, keeping intact the highest parts of the team's coaching structure for another season.

And he said he and the club are working out a new contract to keep him around even longer.

'I think it was a unique circumstance this year with just the whole contract thing,' Carmichael said. 'This is going to be a tough place to ever leave for me.'

Carmichael interviewed for the Chicago Bears opening, but turned down an interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the offensive coordinator position.

He just finished his fourth season as offensive coordinator in New Orleans and was quarterbacks coach for the three seasons prior to that. The interview in Chicago was just good experience.

'The experience alone is valuable,' he said. 'They interviewed a lot of guys. But it was really a chance to get some feedback from Phil Emory going forward.'

Ultimately, though, it was about staying where he was comfortable.

'So it's an easy decision for me, especially what's best for my family,' Carmichael said.

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