Atlanta Falcons: Is ATL better destination than other NFL openings?
Are the Atlanta Falcons a better destination than other NFL openings?
The Atlanta Falcons have some competition as they look to fill both an open general manager and head coaching position this offseason.
The Falcons fired coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff earlier this season following a putrid 0-5 start and they’ve had Raheem Morris fill in as the interim for the rest of the year.
Now, it’s time for the Falcons to fill those positions, but they aren’t the only ones who’ll be competing to fill their opening- especially when it comes to head coach.
The Atlanta Falcons are among six franchises who have head coaching openings
The Falcons join the Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Detroit Lions as organizations who will hire head coaches this offseason.
The pool of candidates are slim.
We know a few names who seem guaranteed to be moving on to head coaching positions- including Eric Bieniemy, Robert Saleh, Joe Brady and Brian Daboll, to name some- and that means these franchises will all be battling for the right to land one of these candidates.
NFL.com ranked the head-coaching openings and had the Falcons fourth. Here’s how they have them slated:
It depends what the candidate is looking for, but I think there are reasons for each of the top-four on that list to be ranked as No. 1.
The Chargers are in a profitable market and they’ve got some talent lined up for the future. The Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick (Trevor Lawrence). The Texans have Deshaun Watson and are looking to bring a new culture in without Bill O’Brien present.
And then there’s the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons don’t have an up-and-coming QB like the Chargers, Jags or Texans, but they do have a market of loyal fans who have patiently waited to win for quite some time. The Atlanta market is unique, certainly, but the pull that the Falcons have shouldn’t be ignored either.
There’s more seasoned veterans and the right coaching job could yield results almost immediately.
It will be interesting to see where the Falcons fall in the pecking order for some of these coaching candidates when the races heat up, but we believe that Atlanta can measure up with any one of them when it’s all said and done.