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Were we lied to?

January 15th, 2008

So now, there are two reports from ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli saying that Rex Ryan and Jason Garrett are set for a second batch of interviews either Monday night or Tuesday.

Frankly, I’m not that impressed. Well, let me stipulate that by saying if the Falcons have a head coach by Wednesday I won’t be too impressed.

I want to see an extensive search! The six candidates that interviewed for the job prior to today in my opinion should have been a preliminary round of interviews targeted at assistants on playoff teams because there is only a small window to interview those people.

Now that we have a GM, I think we should open it up a little. Does the fact that Jason Garrett, Jim Caldwell, etc. coach on playoff teams make them better coaches than their counterparts on non-playoff teams? I don’t think so. Do we honestly believe that the Titans defense went from 31st in 2006 to 8th in 2007 because Jim Schwartz coached his tail off this year? I hope not. Then what are the excuses for the 29th and 30th ranked finishes in 2005 and 2004 under his watch?

I don’t know whether any of these guys will be good coaches. So I won’t be too hard on the guy we eventually hire. They are all basically the same to me. Some people did a double take when they heard the Ravens had compiled a list of 30 possible candidates for their vacant job. Frankly, that’s exactly what the Falcons should have done. Does that mean you conduct 30 interviews? No. You can whittle that list down to 6-10 names, and interview those guys. But you’re going to sit here and tell me with a straight face that you believe that there are only 6 qualified candidates to be your team’s head coach, and it’s just a mere coincidence that 5 of them coached playoff teams this year? That’s a joke if I’ve ever heard one.

Every team has somebody worth interviewing. I’ll just say this, I’m not really going to be upset if the Falcons wind up hiring one of these six. But I am going to be very upset with the process. I was duped into thinking that the new general manager would be able to pick the guy he thought would best lead this team in the future. But instead the reality was that he would only be able to pick the best guy among the candidates that Blank and McKay determined.

If this proves to be the case, then all the negative press the Falcons have garnered in their “unorthodox” approach to their coaching and GM hires is completely earned.

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