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  1. I'm not here to debate if Dan Quinn should stay or not (there is plenty of threads for that), but if DQ and the Falcons were to part ways what Head Coaching Candidates are out there that could potentially take over? Here are a few of mine: The Guys with NFL Experience Greg Olsen, Offensive Coordinator, Oakland Raiders Olson has 12 years experience as an NFL offensive coordinator, with stints at the Detroit Lions, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Oakland Raiders. Maybe an under the radar type guy, as his offenses have always been middle of the road, but when you dig a little deeper and look at the talent he has had available to him, his body of work speaks for itself. Marc Bulger, Josh Freeman, Derek Carr, and Blake Bortles each enjoyed his respective best season under Olson. Prior to, and in between his stints as an offensive coordinator he also served as the QB coach of the 2001 49ers (under Steve Mariucci and Greg Knapp) and was the QB coach for the Rams in 2017 (under McVay and Matt LeFleur). This year, whilst the Raiders are hardly pulling up trees, Derek Carr is playing some of the most efficient football of his career and the running game under Josh Jacobs is 9th in the NFL with 134 yards per game at an impressive 4.9 per carry. The offensive game plan against the Bears yesterday was especially impressive - running on the vaunted defense to the tune of 169 yards and 3 rushing TD's. Pro’s – lots of NFL experience, somewhat of a QB guru, worked under a wealth of different offensive minds Con’s – only 1 top 10 offense in his 12 years as an offensive coordinator Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach, Michigan Harbaugh hasn't had the success expected of him at Michigan - sure, the Wolverines are better than they were prior to Harbaugh taking over, but they have yet to win a Big Ten championship or beat Ohio State. He was however able to turn the 49ers around (44/19/1), after years of mediocrity (no winning season in the previous 9 years). He did that with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick at the helm. He was also a key influence on the early career of Andrew Luck at Stanford, going 11-1 in his final season at Stanford (their only loss coming to Chip Kelly's Oregon who to the NC game) - Luck was the runner up in the Heisman trophy to RG3. Pro's - NFL experience, had relative success everywhere he has coached, known for a pro-style hard nosed brand of football Con's - may be better suited to college football at this point Shane Waldron, Passing Game Coordinator, LA Rams Another disciple of Sean McVay - he came over to the Rams with McVay after serving as an offensive quality control coach with the Redskins in 2016. After the success of Matt LeFleur and Zac Taylor, Waldron could be the next in line for a big gig. He has learned from McVay over the course of the past three years and did serve as a quality control coach with the Patriots in 2008 as well. So, he has experience under Bill Belichick which could be appealing. Pro's - comes from the Sean McVay tree, played a part in the development of Jared Goff. Con's - Goff and that offense haven't been firing on all cylinders since Taylor left for the Bengals job, no experience as a HC or calling plays Josh McDaniels, Offensive Coordinator, New England Patriots His resume in NE speaks for itself - 7 straight AFC title games, 4 super bowls and 3 rings. That Patriot offense has had to retool and evolve multiple times over that period, always remaining one of the most potent in football. of course there will always say that the success is down to Brady or Belicheck. Pro's - known as an offensive guru, shown an ability to adapt, one of the most winning-est offensive coordinators in the history of football Con's - his HC experience with the Broncos was somewhat of a car crash, teams may be wary after the Colts debacle. Dan Campbell, Assistant Head Coach, New Orleans Saints Former NFL tight end, under Bill Parcells. Spent the last 4 years with the Saints, serving as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach. He also has head coaching experience, stepping in as interim HC after the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin in 2015. Campbell led the team to a 5-7 record after they started 1-3 under Philbin, with Tannehill playing some of his best football. He also made quite an impression on the Colts GM Chris Ballard, when he interviewed for the Colts top job, ultimately losing out to Frank Reich. "He's been mentored and trained playing under Bill Parcells and coaching under Sean Payton," said Ballard. "He's got a great vision of what he wants his team to be. I think he's going to be an outstanding head coach. It's not a matter of if, but when." Pro's - experience coaching/playing under Parcells and Payton, head coaching experience Con's - a little inexperienced, no NFL play calling experience What about the college ranks? Lincoln Riley, Head Coach, Oklahoma Sooners Back to back quarterbacks to win the Heisman and go #1 in the NFL draft is no small feat. This year, he has turned Jalen Hurts into a very good passer after he looked more like a primary runner at Alabama. NFL teams will certainly be swarming this off season, the question is whether he wants to jump to the NFL this early in his career (he's only 35). Pro's - Young exciting offensive mind, genuine QB guru Con's - he's young and inexperienced David Shaw, Head Coach, Stanford Jim Harbaugh's successor at Stanford. Actually has some NFL experience (position coach and quality control assistant) with the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. One of the most respected coaches in college football, known for pro-style, hard nosed, fundamentally sound schemes on both side of the ball. An unnamed NFL exec had this to say on Shaw: "Shaw is a smart, offensive-minded guy. He's honest with his players and he doesn't play favorites. You can tell the players respect him and he gets results." Pro's - lot's of experience at both college and NFL levels, experience calling offensive plays Con's - NFL experience was a lifetime ago (in NFL terms), It's going to take one heck on an offer to get him to leave his gig at Stanford. Chris Peterson, Head Coach, Washington When Daniel Jeremiah polled 5 NFL execs on which college coach would make the best NFL head coach, Peterson received 2 votes (along with Shaw). Here's what they had to say on Peterson: "I'd take Petersen. He's very smart, organized, runs a pro offense and his teams are always tough and disciplined. He knows exactly what he wants in a player. He's coached a ton of NFL talent at Boise State and Washington. My only question would be what kind of staff could he attract. The guy is a stud." "Petersen would easily be my top candidate. He's an outstanding coach and I know some teams have done their homework on him. Recruiting is such a mess for these coaches. I wouldn't be totally shocked if he decided to make the jump. He would be a home-run hire for any NFL team." Nearly 2 decades as an offensive play-caller for Boise State and Washington - his offenses have always been a mix of pro-style and innovative. Petersen has proved to be a top-notch offensive strategist and motivator. The 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma is some of the best offensive play-calling you will ever see. Pro's - one of the most respected offensive minds and play callers in college football Con's - no NFL experience Matt Campbell, Head Coach, Iowa State The other college coach to receive a vote was Matt Campbell. An NFL exec had this to say on him: "Just look at the job Campbell has done at Iowa State. He's an excellent scheme coach, but even more important, he has a presence and his players buy in to what he's selling. I think he would translate well to the next level." Campbell was head coach at Toledo, from 2011 - 2015, finishing with 2 consecutive 9 win seasons. Since moving to Iowa State, he has twice been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. He is known for his high powered offenses and likes to run the ball - developing the likes of Kareem Hunt and David Montgomery. Pro's - Young, up and coming offensive mind. Con's - limited experience