Despite several other assistants that have interviewed or already accepted jobs elsewhere, including the most recent ones in Ollie Wilson and Evan Marcus, the Falcons seem poised to keep one assistant coach in Atlanta. Rick Herrin of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Falcons have denied the Dallas Cowboys permission to former interim head coach and defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas from interviewing there. Thomas was named interim head coach following the retirement of Bobby Petrino for the final three games this past season. Thomas first came to Atlanta in 2002, when the team also hired then defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, now the head coach in Dallas. Thomas would likely to be targeted to replace Todd Bowles, who recently joined the Miami Dolphins, as the Cowboys defensive backs coach. It would seem the Falcons are prepared to keep Thomas in Atlanta on new head coach Mike Smith’s staff.