Caldwell pulls name from contention

John Clayton of ESPN reports that Indianapolis Colts assistant coach Jim Caldwell has pulled his name from consideration for the Falcons head coaching position. Earlier today, an internet report on, indicated that Colts head coach Tony Dungy was prepared to step down and retire, which was prompting Caldwell to succeed him there. Dungy has since denied this report, but Caldwell remains the ideal successor whether Dungy decides to return in 2008 or not.

It has been previously reported that the Falcons had narrowed down their coaching list to three potential candidates: Jason Garrett, Rex Ryan, and Caldwell. Garrett is currently mulling over a decision whether to accept the Falcons or Baltimore Ravens head coaching positions, or to remain in Dallas for at least another year as their offensive coordinator, and is slated to return to Dallas this evening to convene with owner Jerry Jones before making a decision. Garrett interviewed with the Falcons for the second time this morning.

UPDATE: The Baltimore Sun is now reporting that according to a league source, Jason Garrett has narrowed down his choices to choosing between remaining with the Dallas Cowboys or taking the head coaching position with the Baltimore Ravens. According to the report, the Falcons are no longer in the running despite reportedly offering him the job. According to the Sun’s report, Garrett could make his decision as early as Thursday.

An ESPN report from Wednesday however makes no mention that the Falcons are no longer an option. However, Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons are likely the third option for Garrett. Schefter indicates that Rex Ryan would again become the favorite to land the job, but the Falcons might re-open their coaching search instead of hiring Ryan.

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