Todd Bowles was expected in Atlanta Wednesday for a second interview with the Atlanta Falcons. Instead, they'll have to look elsewhere.
Reports surfaced Tuesday night that Bowles will sign a four-year contract to be the new head coach of the New York Jets. Bowles had been the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator.
So who is left on the Falcons list? Well, Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the second time with the Atlanta front office on Thursday. There was also a report from Dianna Marie Russini, Sports Anchor in Washington D.C., that Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn prefers the Falcons job.
Both Austin and Quinn are also on the list of the Denver Broncos, who cut ties with John Fox on Monday. The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly leaning to Adam Gase, Denver's offensive coordinator who had also interviewed with the Falcons.
Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Tuesday a source close to Arthur Blank implied Blank favors Austin. Meanwhile, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reported that Quinn is now the main target.
Bowles was considered a favorite because of his ties to Bill Parcells, whose son-in-law is Falcons executive Scott Pioli.
Don't discount Josh McDaniels, New England's offensive coordinator. He has interviewed with the Falcons but publicly took himself out of consideration for any job. McDaniels, who has been considered a favorite of GM Thomas Dimitroff, could revisit that if the Patriots lose this weekend and the Falcons still haven't made a decision.
Has the search firm Korn Ferry got a surprise on Blank's list? With the favorites, Rex Ryan and now Bowles, picking other jobs, you have to wonder if there are more names on Blank's list than are publicly known.
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