7. Pete Carmichael Jr. – New Orleans Saints Offensive Coordinator (43-years-old)
One of the most valuable traits in the NFL is the ability to score. Sure, fans want to see points hurled up on the board, but a well-oiled machine on offense can control every aspect of the game.
The New Orleans Saints, in spite of their meteoric rise and sudden fall from Super Bowl stardom, have been putting up points to no end.
Sure, Drew Brees has been a huge part of that, but you can’t ignore the job Pete Carmichael Jr. has done.
He joined the Saints in 2006 as the quarterbacks coach and was immediately promoted in 2007 to passing game coach. But when Carmichael Jr. was bumped up to offensive coordinator in 2009, the Saints went on to win the Super Bowl. We all remember the emotional attachment of that game and what it meant to the city of New Orleans.
Brees and Sean Payton got the credit in the headlines, but Carmichael Jr. was the one doing work behind the scenes.
Since then, the Saints have remained an offensive powerhouse. Even with the team’s awful 7-9 finish in a below-average NFC South division, the Saints put up points on everyone. They led the league with 411.4 yards per game and were No. 9 in points per game with 25.1.
Well, now there’s no Jimmy Graham for Brees to toss the football to in double coverage. So it will be up to Carmichael Jr. and Brees to figure out a way to get the football into the hands of Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks.
Carmichael Jr. is already one of the best offensive minds in the game, but he can cement that status with a solid year in 2015.
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