Kristian: Payton will be missed, but offense in good hands
Suspended Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has been described as one of the best play callers in the game. He's been called "special" and "magical" in dissecting defenses on game day.
While he serves his season long suspension, the Saints will indeed miss Payton's innate ability to call the right play at the right time. However, the Saints have been here before.
"After Sean (Payton) got hurt, Pete (Carmichael) called 95 percent of the offense a year ago and had to install a lot of the offense during the week," said interim head coach Joe Vitt. "This is not uncharted waters for him and it's not uncharted waters for our offense. Again, are we going to miss Sean? Absolutely. He's unique in what he does. I think Pete has proven and our offense has proven what they can do when Sean's on the shelf."
Once the Saints get a long term contract worked out with quarterback Drew Brees, he'll have a large amount of input in the offense as well.
"We kind of hit on this last year. Nobody knows Drew Brees as well as Pete. Nobody knows Pete as well as Drew Brees... They speak a common language and common verbiage," said Vitt.
The Saints also benefit from having the same offensive system for several years now, with a few tweaks here or there.
"I would say 95 percent of it is carried over from years before, and then five percent or maybe ten percent is maybe something new that you put in the year before that you liked. This is really going on year seven for us with Sean's offense. The progression is pretty smooth,” explained Carmichael.
The Saints averaged more than 30 points per game last season, and Carmichael with Brees makes for a deadly combo. Payton's signature will still be on the offense. In fact, you can still see his signature in the organization despite his absence. The Saints are a classic example of an organization taking on the personality of their leader. He's not there physically, but you can almost feel Brees in that building. That's powerful.