The Atlanta Falcons have requested to interview a top head coaching candidate and no, they are not looking to find a replacement for Arthur Smith, they are hoping to interview him for their defensive coordinator vacancy.
With Dean Pees retired, the Falcons are on a search for a new defensive coordinator, and their first target has been named officially.
The Atlanta Falcons have requested to interview Broncos DC Ejiro Evero, who is a top head coach candidate
The Denver Broncos had one of the top defenses in the NFL this past regular season. For everything that went wrong on their offense, the same went right on their defense, much in thanks to defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero. The Atlanta Falcons have recognized that and have submitted a formal request to interview the Broncos’ defensive coordinator for the same job.
With Evero still under contract, Denver is able to deny this request if they want.
When you combine the two facts that the Broncos can deny the request and that he is in the mix for head coaching jobs, it seems unlikely that the Falcons would be able to hire him as their DC. It would not be surprising at all if Denver replies with the letters D-E-N-I-E-D in their reply to the request.
They don’t have a head coach quite yet, but whoever comes in, whether that be Sean Payton, Jim Harbaugh, or whoever, may want to continue with what worked last year by retaining Evero in the same position. That is if he doesn’t end up as the head man of a team.
While it would be a fantastic hire, don’t get your hopes up because there just seem to be too many factors separating the two sides for things to come to fruition but who knows. At least the very least, we now know that the team is setting its sights high in its search to fix the defense.