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Coach and GM search continues…

January 8th, 2008

AP writer George Henry reports that the guy that was once considered the front-runner for the head coaching position is no longer a candidate. Henry’s report refers to 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary. Henry cites no reason or source as indicating why Singletary has supposedly fallen off the Falcons radar. According to Henry’s report, the Falcons next prospective head coaching candidate will be Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who has recently become available to interview due to the Titans playoff loss on Sunday.

Today, the Falcons interviewed both prospective GM candidate Tom Heckert and also Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan for the head coaching position. ESPN reports that the Falcons postponed a planned weekend interview of a potential GM candidate from an AFC team. It’s been previously reported that the Falcons have shown interest in prospective GM candidates from the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and New England Patriots, although of course there is no confirmation that the prospective candidate was from any of these teams. ESPN also reports that the Jim Caldwell may have emerged as the front-runner, replacing Singletary, among prospective head coaches.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that the Falcons have received permission to interview the New York Giants vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara for their vacant general manager job. However, Mara has not indicated whether he actually partake in the interview. Mara is the younger brother of the Giants co-owner John Mara, and was considered the runner-up to Jerry Reese, who eventually replaced Ernie Accorsi a year ago as the team’s general manager. Accorsi is currently serving as a consultant to Arthur Blank in the Falcons search for a new GM. Although Mara’s link with ownership has made him tentative about looking at prospective jobs in the past.

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