Oct 19, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael smiles before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos to hire former Saints OC Pete Carmichael

The Denver Broncos are expected to hire former New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, NOLA.com reported on Tuesday.

While the exact role for Carmichael is unknown, the move will reunite him with Broncos head coach Sean Payton and potentially offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Carmichael, 52, was fired on Jan. 16 after an 18-year stint with New Orleans, including a significant portion as the offensive coordinator under the then-Saints head coach Payton.

Carmichael initially joined Payton’s staff in 2006 and worked with the team’s quarterbacks and passing game for three seasons. Carmichael has served as New Orleans’ offensive coordinator since 2009 and worked through the coaching transition from Payton to Dennis Allen.

The Saints (9-8) finished 14th in total offense (337.2 average yards per game) and 21st in rushing offense (102.5) in 2023, missing out on the playoffs in a tiebreaker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the NFC South division title.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael during a preseason gameagainst the Los Angeles Chargers  at StubHub Center. The Saints defeated the Chargers 36-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Saints coach Dennis Allen announces coordinators, new hires

New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen announced his 2022 coordinators and other staff members on Wednesday.

Pete Carmichael, 50, returns for his 14th season as offensive coordinator and 17th season with the Saints.

Ryan Nielsen and Kris Richard were named as co-defensive coordinators, filling the post Allen had held since 2015 under former head coach Sean Payton.

Nielsen, 42, will also coach the defensive line for a sixth season. Richard, 42, will direct the secondary for a second straight season.

Darren Rizzi, 51, returns for his fourth season as special teams coordinator and will add assistant head coach duties to his title.

Ronald Curry, 42, was promoted to passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach. He was an offensive assistant with the Saints from 2016-17 before coaching the wide receivers (2018-20) and quarterbacks (2021).

The Saints also hired offensive line coach Doug Marrone and wide receivers coach Kodi Burns.

Marrone, 57, is a former head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-20) and Buffalo Bills (2013-14). He previously coached the Saints’ offensive line from 2006-08 and most recently did the same job at Alabama in 2021.

Burns, 33, lands his first NFL position after working as an assistant coach in the college ranks at Tennessee (2021), his alma mater Auburn (2016-20), Middle Tennessee (2015) and Samford (2014).

–Field Level Media