Saints' Payton comfortable delegating play-calls again
METAIRIE - Saints coach Sean Payton is prepared to quit calling offensive plays - something he loves and has done most of his career - if it helps him manage his entire football team better.
He also figures he has the luxury of delegating play-calling because his offensive coordinator, Pete Carmichael Junior, has done it before - and done it well.
"He's been with us now, with me now, for going on 11 years," Payton said of his bespectacled, baby-faced offensive assistant. "He has a great feel for what we're looking to do.
Carmichael was the primary play caller in Drew Brees' ear in Sunday's season-opener against the Oakland Raiders. New Orleans lost, 35-34, but the performance of the offense was hardly to blame. Brees eclipsed 400 yards passing for the 14th time in his 16-year career, finishing with 423 yards and four touchdown passes.