Coaching Carousel

The Falcons have been in the process of acquiring a new head coach ever since Bobby Petrino resigned on December 11. They have interviewed and shown interest in a plethora of candidates. Here, we’ll detail who the Falcons have looked at in their desire to find a new head coach.


Jan. 3: Jim Caldwell, Colts Asst. Head Coach/Quarterbacks (bio) (story)
Jan. 4: Jason Garrett, Cowboys Off. Coordinator (bio) (story)
Jan. 4: Tony Sparano, Cowboys Asst. Head Coach/Off. Line (bio) (story)
Jan. 7: Rex Ryan, Ravens Def. Coordinator (bio) (story)
Jan. 9: *Pete Carroll, USC Head Coach (bio) (story)
Jan. 10: Mike Smith, Jaguars Def. Coordinator (bio) (story)
Jan. 11: Jim Schwartz, Titans Def. Coordinator (bio) (story)
Jan. 14: Rex Ryan (story)
Jan. 16: Jason Garrett (story)
Jan. 18: Mike Smith (story)
Jan. 19: Leslie Frazier (bio) (story)

* – Interview reportedly consisted of a cordial phone conversation with Falcons owner Arthur Blank

Interest (confirmed):

Steve Spagnuolo, Giants Def. Coordinator (bio) (story)

Interest (rumored):

Jim Haslett, Rams Def. Coordinator (bio) (story)
Winston Moss, Packers Asst. Head Coach (bio) (story)
Dante Scarnecchia, Patriots Asst. Head Cach/Off. Line (bio) (story)
Marty Schottenheimer, ex-Chargers Head Coach (bio) (story)
Mike Shanahan, Broncos Head Coach (bio) (story)


Jim Caldwell (story)
Bill Cowher, ex-Steelers Head Coach (bio) (story)
Jason Garrett (story)
Josh McDaniels, Patriots Off. Coordinator (bio) (story)
Mike Singletary, 49ers Asst. Head Coach/Defense (bio) (story)

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