ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli cites multiple sources indicating that the Falcons have requested permission to interview University of Southern California head coach Pete Carroll for their open head coaching position.
Since taking over the Trojans in 2001, Carroll has compiled a 76-14 record and won a national championship and lost another. He coached for four seasons in the NFL, compiling a 33-31 record. He coached the New York Jets for one season (1994), and the New England Patriots for three (1997-99). He was 1-2 in the playoffs with the Patriots. Carroll has been rumored as a potential candidate for past jobs in the NFL, but has yet to make the jump back to the NFL. Reports indicate that he is seeking complete control over football operations. It would be unknown if the potential Falcons job would offer such. The team is currently conducting a wide-ranging search for its next general manager to succeed Rich McKay, and that person is expected to have “final say” on personnel decisions and will also be extensively involved in the process to hire the next head coach as well.
Also in the ESPN report, confirms that the Falcons have received permission to interview Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. He is expected to interview for the team sometime later in the week.