WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — The Saints are trying out some different things during the preseason.
During Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, it was offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, and not Sean Payton, calling plays for the offense.
“He did last week,” Payton said. “We will keep looking at how we do that, but he called all of it last week. He did a good job.”
Carmichael called plays in some exhibition games last season, but Payton ultimately took over during the regular season. However, Carmichael has proven he has the ability to do the job.
He assumed play-calling duties after Payton suffered a broken leg on the sideline during a Week 6 loss at Tampa Bay in 2011. During the final 12 games of that season, including playoffs, the offense averaged 488.25 yards per game.
The next season, when Payton served a year-long suspension, the Saints finished second in yards and third in points.
New Orleans finished first in yards and ninth in points last season.