The Atlanta Falcons are moving up their interview of Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin a day early due to breaking news that they’ve lost out on another prospective candidate. Austin was scheduled to interview for the Falcons’ vacant head-coaching position this Thursday, but that will now occur on Wednesday according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure thanks to the recent hiring of Todd Bowles by the New York Jets late Tuesday evening.
Bowles was originally scheduled to interview with the Falcons on Wednesday and the Jets the following day, but this morning NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Bowles’ meeting with the Jets was moved up to Tuesday. Bowles never left of New York, making him the second prospective Falcons head coach that opted to coach in the AFC East. Bowles replaces Rex Ryan in New York, who accepted the head coaching job for the Buffalo Bills over the weekend a few days after interviewing with the Falcons.
McClure reports that the Falcons still see Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their primary target. But Quinn won’t be eligible to be hired until the Seahawks are eliminated from the postseason and are currently heavy favorites to win Super Bowl XLIX on February 1. Meaning even if the Falcons made the decision to hire Quinn between now and then, he would not really be able to begin assembling his coaching staff for another three weeks. Reportedly, Quinn is very interested in accepting the Falcons job.
Austin will fly to Atlanta on Wednesday, after returning home to Arizona after meeting with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday. Austin will also be in greater demand as he is reportedly set to meet with the Denver Broncos soon about their head-coaching vacancy. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that team sources indicate that Falcons owner Arthur Blank thinks highly of Austin.