Payton is the best playcaller in football but Carmichael hasnt been that bad. He is Payton lite.
My ass! Carmichael can't hold Payton's clipboard as a game planner, play caller & game manager. Payton is a master of exploiting opposing defender's weaknesses in technique no matter how great a player that defender maybe. Carmicheal hasn't come close to being able to expose any such weaknesses. Neither has he been able to consistently expose any flaws in the oppositions defensive schemes. These are both things Payton is a master at & has perfected his craft over the years.
The fact that it took 8 games for Pete to realize the offense needed to run the ball more was a total head scratcher & only adds to the point of how much lacks in the area of play calling. The screen game has become nonexistent which is pathetic if you ask me as well as his route combinations that he has the receivers run.
Carmichael has no feel for the game either. The offense never seems completely on the same page nor does he ever push tempo like Payton is well known for doing.
Carmicheal sucks if you ask me. He's no more then a quarterbacks coach in my opinion.