Falcons Grant Second Interviews to Bowles, Austin

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The Atlanta Falcons have scheduled a second interviews with two candidates for their vacant head-coaching position. According toD. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview on Wednesday, while Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview on Thursday per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bowles and Austin interviewed this past weekend, with the former interviewing on Saturday in a five-hour session according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Austin interviewed on Friday, after both of their initial interviews were delayed two days due to the passing of Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s mother, Molly.

Bowles is considered one of the hottest commodities and if the Falcons wish to hire him, might be compelled to move quickly after Wednesday. The New York Jets will interview Bowles the following day

No other second interviews have yet to be scheduled, but presumably the Falcons are entering the final stretch of their coaching search. Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is also considered one of the Falcons’ top candidates, but the team will be compelled to wait until the Seahawks are eliminated from playoff contention before he can be interviewed a second time. Quinn is also considered one of the top candidates for the vacancy with the Jets.

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase was the first coach the team interviewed earlier this month and is now available in light of his team’s playoff loss on Sunday. But whether or not he’ll get another look from the Falcons remains to be seen.

If he gets the Jets’ job, Quinn would be replacing Rex Ryan, who accepted the head job with the Buffalo Bills over the weekend. Ryan was interviewed by the Falcons last week as well and for months has been considered one of the favorites to wind up in Atlanta.


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