New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. is reportedly interviewing with the Chicago Bears as they seek a replacement for Lovie Smith. reported the news Wednesday evening, and a league source confirmed the report to | The Times-Picayune.

Carmichael is scheduled to interview with the Bears on Thursday.

Carmichael gained attention last season when he took over the play-calling duties from Sean Payton after the Saints' coach injured his leg during a game and was forced to the coaches box. With Payton suspended for the year, Carmichael called all the plays this season as quarterback Drew Brees threw for a league-high 43 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards for the third time.

At his last press conference of the season, Carmichael stressed how much he and his family love New Orleans.

"Really over the last year plus, there's been more responsibility (with the Saints), which I think is a positive for myself," Carmichael said last week. "But, I'm not even thinking about those things. This is the place I want to be. I love it here. My family loves it here. This is what we consider our home."