UPDATE: If Falcons get Quinn, Bowles to Jets isn’t a loss

Dan Quinn, here with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, should still be Falcons’ top choice. (AP photo)

Dan Quinn, here with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, should still be Falcons' top choice. (AP photo)

Dan Quinn, here with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, should still be Falcons’ top choice. (AP photo)

Scratch Todd Bowles from the Falcons’ coaching search: He’s going to the New York Jets.

But is this a setback in Flowery Branch? Not necessarily.

Bowles, the former Arizona defensive coordinator who was scheduled for his second interview with the Falcons Wednesday morning, never got out of New York Tuesday night. The Jets really wanted him, put on a full court press and to their credit, signed him a contract.

It was clear the Falcons liked Bowles. But it was never clear that he was their No. 1 choice. In fact, I don’t think he was — or is. The Falcons’ favored candidate likely has been Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who has overseen the NFL’s top defense for the past two seasons. The problem is the Falcons can’t speak to Quinn again until after Sunday’s NFC title game against Green Bay, and he’s also a candidate for other jobs (although the Jets were believed to be the Falcons’ toughest competition, given Quinn’s roots in the New York/New Jersey area).

I’m sure many Falcons fans are upset about Bowles is going to New York. But it would be premature — and possibly inaccurate — to characterize this as a “loss.”

This could actually work out well for the Falcons, at least for those who believe Quinn is the best available candidate. (They also plan to talk to Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin again.) Consider the potential dominoes that may fall in NFL coaching vacancies:

• Former Denver coach John Fox, whom the Falcons don’t have interest in at this time, appears to be headed to Chicago.

• Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase appears to be the top candidate in San Francisco.

• There’s speculation the Broncos are zeroing in on their former assistant, Baltimore offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak.

Quinn, however, has been mentioned as a candidate in all three of those places.

This also may soften the blow for those who wanted to see Bowles in Atlanta: He plans to hire former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator. Gailey wasn’t the most popular coach near the end of his tenure at Tech.

I understand Falcons’ fans being frustrated by this process. The backdrop of front office changes also isn’t comforting. But it’s still too early to panic about the hiring process.

Now if Quinn goes elsewhere, then there may be cause for concern.

Below is a blog from Tuesday morning.

• John Fox is out at Denver but don’t expect him to be in with the Falcons. The team has no plans at this time to interview him. Personally, I think that’s a mistake. He has coached two franchises (Carolina, Denver) to Super Bowl appearances, he’s the only proven veteran head coach on the market and he’s familiar with the NFC South from his years with the Panthers.

• Fox is going to interview with the Chicago Bears. They seem like a perfect match and I would be surprised if a deal isn’t worked out.

• The sudden opening in Denver could lead the Broncos to talk to Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. That would decrease the seemingly already decreasing chances that the Falcons have to hire Quinn for their opening. Quinn also is believed to be the top candidate for the New York Jets. If the Broncos hire Quinn, offensive coordinator Adam Gase likely will want out. He’s a candidate in San Francisco and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will interview with Oakland. Denver also will interview their former offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, who’s Baltimore’s OC.

• Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles looks like the favorite for the Falcons job. He is having his second interview Wednesday and, theoretically, could be hired as soon as that day. As I wrote earlier in the week, the Falcons’ option is to hire Bowles (who’s also a candidate in Chicago and San Francisco) or take a chance and wait to talk to Quinn until after Sunday’s NFC title game. The risk in waiting to talk to Quinn is they might lose Bowles.

• The Falcons also plan to interview Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin again this week, but it’s not known at this time if Austin ranks as a backup plan if Bowles and Quinn fall through.

In any event, this should all be wrapped up soon and then the real questions start: How do the Falcons fix the roster?


A recent writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— AJC: Falcons should talk to John Fox before making decision on Quinn, Bowles
— AJC: Rex Ryan going to Buffalo — and that’s not bad news for Falcons
— AJC: Nick Saban, the mercenary, takes on ex-Bulldog Jonathan Taylor
— MyAJC: Falcons’ backdrop not comforting for coaching search
— AJC: Falcons’ changes: Pioli’s role increases, so what does this mean for Dimitroff?
— AJC: How’s this scenario: Falcons vs. Giants and Mike Smith’s defense in 2015?
— MyAJC: Smoltz just wanted to survive, but he did so much more
— AJC John Smoltz, a Hall of Famer on many levels, gets the call
— AJC: Hall of Fame: Smoltz, 7 others checked on my ballot
— AJC: ROSE BOWL: Oregon mocks FSU, Winston with “No means No” chant
— MyAJC: ROSE BOWL: After 29 straight wins, Florida State morphs into grease fire
— MyAJC: ROSE BOWL: Is FSU most hated great team in college history?
— AJC: ROSE BOWL: Oregon’s Helfrich credits Falcons’ Koetter for his success
— MyAJC: ROSE BOWL: Will Jameis Winston prove to be worth risk in NFL?
— MyAJC: It’s Arthur Blank’s show now, and that could be a problem?
— AJC: Falcons fire Smith, keep Dimitroff, and here are some candidates
— MyAJC: Falcons are done and so is Mike Smith

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143 comments
OldBlindDawg
OldBlindDawg

Meh - whatever coach we get will be hamstrung by a roster void of talent - an owner roaming the sidelines distracting coaches and payers. 



58Supersports
58Supersports

Dan Quinn has said he wants the Falcons job per NBC source, Now the Falcons must act as soon as week-end game is over. Quinn should have been the man all the time.

TampGator1
TampGator1

The best defense Florida had when Muschamp was there is when Quinn was his DC.  And the man is a great communicator with players and the press.  And Seattle became a contender when they hired Quinn back and made him their DC.  Falcons are good enough on offense to win.  Far from good enough on defense.  Simple.....hire Quinn.  And an interesting tidbit......Quinn replaced Austin as the DC at Florida and now both are in the running for the Falcons' HC position.  I say, if the Falcons don't get Quinn, they should hire Armstrong

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

This Korn Ferry thing just shows how gullible Blank is.  He pays them six figures at least for a coach search and what happens,  the Falcons just interview the same crew that all the rest of the teams needing coaches interview.  The other teams just saved the coach's first years salary, by not hiring this vaunted search team.  Arthur is a genius? 


He must have thought they were going to find him the perfect candidate somewhere like Mozambique. 

An American Patriot
An American Patriot

So, Mr. so called expert on coaches the falcons should hire......who's the next one gonna be after the current one goes somewhere else after the prior number one candidate did too?  It's pure speculation who the next coach of the hapless falcons is going to be.  To be real honest, I don't think it's going to make much difference who's coaching, it's the quarterback position that's the problem.  Hey, I've got an idea....hire Urban Meyer and pay him 10M/yr.  He'd kick some a*s and get them boys fired up and KEEP BLANK OFF THE FIELD.  Schultzy, your opinion is about as good as mine.

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@An American Patriot The QB position is the problem?? MR2 is AT LEAST a solid NFL QB.  Get him an O-Line and a running game and he's even better.  Try to keep up

candlin14
candlin14

@An American Patriot


Its the QB position that is the problem??? That is the dumbest comment I have ever read on this blog... You are an American IDIOT my friend.

An American Patriot
An American Patriot

@candlin14 @An American Patriot Did any of you even read the last sentence of my comment, or do you all just have a reading comprehension problem?  And thanks, being called an IDIOT is the nicest thing I've been called this morning.....as a matter of fact, it's the only thing I've been called this morning.

reckingball
reckingball

I would like to see the Falcons hire a HC that can bring some good DEs and LBs(the birds ought to have enough DTs) that can rush the other team's passers, ------ with him, when he comes . Also, if he could bring some stud Offensive linemen, that could give Ryan enough time to let his receivers get open(and open holes for the RBs to run) that would be great. Also, maybe a good TE that can get open and catch the ball.

Is that asking for too much?

peanutgallery
peanutgallery

Well all the eggs are in one basket with Quinn. If the Falcons get Quinn great as I think he has the best resume. 


If they don't all hell is going to break loose.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Could it be that these guys keep passing on the Falcons, because in other places they don't have to deal with Arthur and his posse of posers. 

he_of_stinky_wind
he_of_stinky_wind

So the clownlike experts on this blog panic when the Falcons do not offer their coaching job to the guy who was running the AZ defense that the 6-10 Falcons hung 30 points on.  The real joke is the IQ of these clowns who think this guy is so great, just because talking heads told them so.

SOB
SOB

Welcome to Artie's Big Top. Bring in the clowns! Popcorn. Peanuts. Only fifty dollars a bag. Come one, come all, to the Greatest Joke On Earth.

DBoz
DBoz

Arthur must be consulting the ASG for this hire. Clown show.

bpgt
bpgt

Nothing is more comical than watching the NFL head coach merry go round every year.  This league is a joke.  All the good coaches are in college.  They are making just as much money there with more control and job security.  These guys don't wanna deal with idiot owners/GM's and overpaid babies.


The NFL is becoming less watchable every year. 

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@bpgt Couldnt disagree with you more bpgt...last weekends games were awesome and the NFL is thriving.  Maybe you should start watching golf

atlfanman
atlfanman

Certainly hope the Falcons can secure Quinn quick, fast and in a hurry. It would make sense he picked up on defensive concepts from his experience in Seattle that can transfer to Atlanta. After watching Mike Nolan try a 4-2-5 defense over and over again with failure a new scheme would be refreshing. Obviously, the Falcons do not have the defensive players the Seahawks have but that is what the draft and free agency is for. Which leads to the one of the Falcons' biggest problems, the inability to evaluate talent. If Quinn is selected he will either have final say on players brought in through the draft and free agency and/or have a talent evaluator by his side he can trust.  

Everyone has flaws but of the choices Quinn might be the best one. Rex although a great defensive coach seem to be lost on offense, John Fox is another very good coach but might be too conservative and like Quinn, Bowles has never been a head coach but of the two Quinn's defense has been more successful. However, from the start Quinn and Bowles should have been the top choices based on their defensive backgrounds.

Mr. Blank don't waste a second in your efforts to get to Quinn.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@atlfanman I agree, can't stand Nolan's scheme..please hire Quinn under the table or something!

Falcons4Eva
Falcons4Eva

Just woke up at 4:45 AM and this is what I wake up to?  Losing the coach I wanted Bowles?  As Vince Lomardi would say...."What The Hell is Going On Out Here??"

Btown3
Btown3

Guys, please stop with this nonsense that Quinn would be the best coach for this team Really? Tell me when have heard about Quinn. The reason Quinn defense is playing well is because of the players, not the coach. The Falcons do NOT have the caliber players Seattle has. This is a HUGE mistake. It seems to me the front office doesn't know what they are doing. First you didn't sign REX, now Todd. These were the two best defensive coaches available. Oops, I forgot, they are using a firm, Korn Ferry to make this decision. WOW!!! They would have been better off keeping Mike Smith. Gee Whiz!!! I said the same thing about Mike Smith when they hired him, and we saw what happen him. You need experience, and if not that, someone who has studied under other great coaching. Just like Todd B, with Bill Parcells. This madness has to stop. If I hear the Falcons hired Austin from Detroit, I'm going to throw in the towel. He may be a decent coach, and being a black coach would be a blessing for the kids of Atlanta. But he's not the answer. Todd B would have been the answer after REX. I'm shocked and disgusted about the decisions going on in Atlanta. I've been a fan since 1980, and the city deserve better than this. I will bet anyone, Quinn will be the coach of Denver, and they are going to hire Austin from Detroit. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to coach, but his defense needs someone to get in their butts. REX and TODD were the answer. Wow, wow, wow!!! Who's next Mark Richt? Unbelievable!!!!! But I'm not surprise!!! Why not hire Schwartz or the former Redskins defense coordinator, at least they have more experience than these other guys. I will hire Jim Schwartz. His defense was good in Detroit and Buffalo.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@Btown3 Why is Bowles any better dude?!  He coached THREE freakin games, your argument stinks

DrTruth
DrTruth

Rules of Employment In Corporate America:


1)  Never quit a job until you have a better job already lined up.


2)  Never fire a critical employee until you already have a better replacement lined up.


Wonder how long it takes until AB says "I Love You" again & begs Mike Smith to come back?  What a ship of fools.....

NewnanT-H
NewnanT-H

Bowles to Jets. Fox to Chicago. Quinn to Denver. Looks like Falcons have lost this game of musical chairs, big time. 

Falcons4Eva
Falcons4Eva

@NewnanT-H I totally agree!!!


Its the three stooges running this organization....Blank as Curly, Thomas Dimwit as Larry and Pioli as Moe.  What a disaster.

UGA76
UGA76

The Three Stooges in the front office and Scrooge McDuck on the sidelines are deal breakers for any coach that has other options.  Come on Mr McDuck, I mean Mr. Blank, fire Dimitroff and get rid of the other two paper weights also. 

This team needs a quality GM to turn over at least 25% of its roster with the signing of 5 functional free agents and 7 draft choices. Fixing the lack of talent is a two year process that starts when Dimitroff is fired and as most people but not McDuck have learned, not until then.

SOB
SOB

@UGA76 Ah, me thinks I hear a voice of reason!

sandmar
sandmar

Bowles Update: A league source told me tonight that the "chemistry factor with the front office" will be key for Todd Bowles during his head coach interview trail this week. I'm told the Cardinals defensive coordinator is open to selecting a team that may need development on either side of the ball "as long as there are some key pieces in place," the source said. The most important thing is learning what's the plan and feasibility of adding the necessary talent "to get to the same goal," the source added" Josina Anderson


You would think A Blank would take a hint from this. Not many coaches are going to walk in to this front office mess.

JChikara
JChikara

I don't think Quinn will end up here. I think Dimitroff is intentionally dragging his feet so he can hire his friend McDaniels. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Bowles just hired by the Jets.  Hope the Falcons now get Quinn.  Great coach and terrific communication with players and will bring an attacking D to Atlanta. 

WinstonPeabody
WinstonPeabody

Too Many Buffoons On This Blog................


All of you "Clowns" suggesting that we should have gone after Rex Ryan OR John Fox, get OVER YOURSELF!


We do NOT NEED any more retread coaches.....

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@Moses99 Pete Carroll was a "retread".  Belichik was a "retread".  Vermeil won a Super Bowl as a "retread".

DawgNole
DawgNole

JS: "John Fox is out at Denver but don’t expect him to be in with the Falcons. The team has no plans at this time to interview him. Personally, I think that’s a mistake."

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I agree, it's a mistake--just the latest in a long line of many by this franchise.

But the question you should be asking is WHY does the team have "no plans at this time to interview him"?

Hello?

buellerbuellerbueller
buellerbuellerbueller

Korn Ferry has replaced Barnum & Bailey.     Welcome northern sports fans moving to the south.   Join in our misery and be proud.   At least the weather is good, the cost of living is reasonable, and making the playoffs is just good enough.


Just keep another team hat, shirt, or jacket from your previous hometown- you will probably need it more often than not.

etherdome
etherdome

In my opinion, Rex Ryan was the best HC candidate.  Now that he is off the board, I think that either Bowles or Quinn will do.


To me, the choice comes down to the names attached to either candidate.  Who will each HC bring to the table?  That is that the question.

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

Im not that impressed with Arizona or Detroits defensive coordinators.  The worst DC in the league could of been made to look great with all the talent on D those 2 teams have!!


BravesFan79
BravesFan79

What happened to the "search firm" hired to find someone.  These obvious candidates are the best they could come up with??
I know one thing, the horrible timing of the search firm likely caused big name coaches we would kill to have (Gruden, Parcells, Billick) to be less interested in the Falcons.  


BooBooBear
BooBooBear

The Falcons have radar?!?!  Wow.  That is cutting edge, kind of like Gil Brandt having a computer system to decide what college players are better than others.  Now if the defensive players for the Falcons can get equipped with GPS to figure out where the ball carrier is.

Peachtree Bart
Peachtree Bart

The fact that Fox "knows the NFC South" means very little.  Probably 75% of the rosters have changed since he left and only one head coach remains. (Sean Payton).  Fox does know the stadiums and airports in the division, if that is what you mean, Schultz.  

SeanLB
SeanLB

Every big name defensive free agent seemed to end up in Denver this year.  They had Peyton Manning, great WRs, and a solid running game.


We have NONE of that.


In other words, if he couldn't get it done in Denver, why on Earth would you think he could get it done here?  There's a lot of delusional fans here...unreal.  

DanJohn
DanJohn

@SeanLB  John Elway said that John Fox took them as far as HE could. With what 9 pro bowl players? He is not a great coach. If you want mediocre he's your man! Hire Bowles he's the best on the board and has upside.