The Falcons are officially in the market for a head coach.
Following a forgettable season finale, there was an announcement that Atlanta would be parting ways with Arthur Smith, who went 7-10 in each of his three seasons.
The Falcons consistently fell short of expectations this year, and though I put more blame at the feet of Desmond Ridder, it was Smith’s decision to put his eggs in a third-round pick’s basket.
It’s unfortunate that Smith probably would’ve made the postseason had he not been as stubborn with the quarterback position and figured out Ridder wasn’t the guy in 2022 instead of forcing Marcus Mariota, but we move.
As of right now, the Falcons have only been connected to one potential head coaching candidate, and it’s a guy that isn’t available yet. The Athletic’s Dianna Russini is reporting that the club is a team that will be interested in Bill Belichick.
Bill Belichick is still the head coach in New England but the Atlanta Falcons are a team to watch if Belichick is available. They are interested, per sources.
— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) January 8, 2024
So it’s no surprise that he’s the betting favorite to be the next Falcons head coach, tied with Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, followed by Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik.
Current sportsbooks odds for the next #Falcons head coach:
Bill Belichick +300
Ben Johnson +300
Jim Harbaugh +325
Raheem Morris +850
Bobby Slowik +850 pic.twitter.com/MAld71igqQ
— Miles Garrett (@MilesGarrettTV) January 8, 2024
A couple of Ravens coordinators should also be considered candidates in Todd Monken and Mike McDonald, along with Joe Brady, who is currently coordianting the Bills offense. The Falcons should cast a wide net and shouldn’t limit their options.
I don’t exactly have a preference, but I think Belichick would be a desperate move by an owner who wants to win. The only problem is that might not be the best course of action in the long term.
Hopefully, the Falcons find the next Kyle Shanahan!