Bears general manager Phil Emery is expected to meet with New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Thursday, according to a league source.
Pro Football Talk initially reported the imminent meeting.
Carmichael was named offensive coordinator of the Saints in 2009, replacing Doug Marrone who left to become the head coach at Syracuse. Saints head coach Sean Payton calls offensive plays. But Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, and Carmichael handled that duty.
The Saints offense ranked 2nd in the NFL, No. 1 through the air.
Carmichael grew up in Medway, Massachusetts and attended Boston College.
He started his coaching career at New Hampshire, and he worked with Brees in San Diego then joined him in New Orleans.
Emery has already met with or is expected to interview with the following coaches: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Joe Decamillis and Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements.