Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Pete Carmichael Jr. has been calling plays for the Saints since mid-2011.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have requested permission to interview New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Carmichael is in sort of a state of limbo currently, which is why the Jaguars must ask the Saints permission to interview him.
Carmichael's contract with the Saints has expired, but he's still a member of the Saints until the conclusion of the Super Bowl. The Saints have made it known they'd like to keep Carmichael on staff, but he's free to let his contract lapse and explore opportunities if he desires. The Jaguars requesting permission lets him know there will be other suitors for his services.
During the middle of the 2011 season, Carmichael took over play calling duties for the Saints after then head coach Sean Payton injured his knee. Since then, Carmichael has been calling plays for the explosive Saints offense. Carmichael replaced Doug Marrone as the Saints offensive coordinator in title in 2009, but didn't call plays until the 2011 season.
Update 2:26 p.m. EST: It appears Carmichael will turn down the request, per Mike Tiplett of NOLA.com.
Saints OC Pete Carmichael is expected to turn down requests to interview for both Jaguars and Eagles OC jobs, per league source. Intention is to work out deal to stay in New Orleans, where Carmichael has excellent working relationship with Sean Payton. Both teams requested permission to interview Carmichael, though technically they didn't need to since hes not under contract for 2013 yet.