The train that is the Falcons head coaching search is rolling with no intentions of slowing down. Yesterday, the apparent clear frontrunner, Bill Belichick met with the Falcons brass for a second interview. We also know Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the Falcons for a second time next week, along with Mike Vrabel, who will be interviewing for the first time.
Those are three coaches with track records of success at the highest level. Any three of them has to be viewed as a win for the Falcons if they are hired; however, the Falcons will also be interviewing a pair of the brightest offensive minds who are hoping to become first time head coaches next season.
Ben Johnson, offensive coordinator for the Lions, will be interviewing with the Falcons virtually today.
Lions OC Ben Johnson has already had interviews with the Panthers and Commanders. Today, he has virtual interviews with the Seahawks, Chargers and Falcons.
Johnson is one of the hottest candidates on the market, and sources consider him the favorite to land the Washington job.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 20, 2024
The timing of the interview is actually pretty crazy. Johnson will be interviewing for multiple head coaching opportunities while preparing to face the Buccaneers tomorrow in the Divisional Round. I’m not sure how that’s fair to him, but it’s the nature of the business I guess.
On Sunday, the Falcons will also be interviewing Houston offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik.
Texans OC Bobby Slowik plans to interview for the Falcons, Commanders and Seahawks jobs tomorrow, per source, with Houston set to play in Baltimore this afternoon.
Slowik has already met with the Titans and Panthers.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 20, 2024
The Texans play Baltimore this afternoon, so Falcons fans should keep a close eye on the outcome of that game because Slowik very well could be their next head coach. He’s been instrumental in the development of C.J. Stroud and comes from the Shanahan coaching tree which has produced several of the top head coaches in the league today. Eventually, he’s going to get a gig as a head coach, but I do wonder if Arthur Blank is seriously interested in hiring another offensive head coach with no experience after Arthur Smith failed in Atlanta.
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