Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Atlanta Falcons interviewed current special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong for their vacant head-coaching position this past Sunday. As of today, Armstrong is the only known in-house candidate that has gotten the opportunity to replace recently fired head coach Mike Smith.
As special teams coordinator for the Falcons, Armstrong has led units that have ranked in the top 10 of Football Outsiders‘ special teams rankings three times, in 2008, 2010 and most recently in 2014 where they ranked ninth.
Armstrong has experience interviewing for head jobs, having interviewed with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears following the 2012 season.
Armstrong joined the Falcons in 2008 as special teams coach after seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins in the same role. Prior to that, Armstrong served in the same capacity with the Bears for four years. Prior to that, he spent three seasons coaching the Falcons’ safeties and secondary from 1994-96. Prior to his first stint in Atlanta, Armstrong worked at six different collegiate schools over a seven-year period, including Notre Dame (1993) as linebackers coach, Oklahoma State (1990-92) as secondary coach, Akron (1989) as receivers coach, University of Miami (FL) (1988) as defensive backs and special teams coach, and at Temple (1987) his alma mater as a graduate assistant.