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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3188045

Sources: USC's Carroll interested in Falcons' opening

Southern California coach Pete Carroll is interested in the Falcons' head coach opening and spoke with Atlanta owner Arthur Blank via phone Wednesday, sources at the American Football Coaches Convention in Anaheim told ESPN's Joe Schad.

Blank, who has also been searching for a general mangager, was expected to offer full control of personnel decisions to Carroll, and the sources said that is what intrigues Carroll most. The coach is currently on vacation in Hawaii.

The Falcons' interest in talking to Carroll about their opening was first reported Tuesday night by ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli.

Carroll spoke with USC sports information director Tim Tessalone on Wednesday and reiterated the he "understands that his name is going to come up for NFL jobs, as it has in each of his past years here, but that he was not going to comment about NFL openings because it would just lead to speculation."

Carroll, who has previously been a head coach in the NFL with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, is the biggest name on the list of Atlanta candidates.

Carroll, 56, recently completed his seventh season at Southern California with a resounding victory over Illinois in the Rose Bowl. He has led the Trojans to two national championships and compiled a 76-14 record. The 14 defeats have been by an average of just 4.1 points.

Southern California was 11-2 this season and many observers felt that, had it not been for injuries, the Trojans might have vied for the national title. Carroll's .844 winning mark at Southern California is the best in the nation among active coaches with at least five seasons of experience.

Over the past few seasons, there has been rampant speculation that Carroll might be lured back to the NFL, but he has rebuffed all overtures to return to the pro game. Conventional wisdom is that Carroll would only consider an NFL job if he had full control over the football operation.

In his first NFL head coaching stint, Carroll lasted just one season with the Jets, taking the team to a 6-10 record in 1994. He coached the Patriots for three seasons, 1997-99, and was 28-23, with one division title and two playoff berths.

The Falcons suffered a bad experience this season with a coach hired from the college ranks, when Bobby Petrino, formerly of Louisville, resigned with three games remaining to fill the Arkansas vacancy. But unlike Petrino, who had been an NFL assistant for three seasons, Carroll has prior head coaching experience in the league and was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for 12 years as well.

In the past, Carroll has listened to NFL interest from Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona and Houston.

Former general manager Rich McKay was offered a two-year extension to remain as president through 2010.

Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert interviewed with team officials Monday.

The Falcons have interviewed at least three coaching candidates: Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and two assistant head coaches, Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis and Tony Sparano of the Cowboys.

The Falcons plan to interview Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith and Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from ESPN.com senior NFL writer Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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formul8or (1/10/2008)
Oh God, please don't let this be true. Full control? :(

What's you talking about , I think that is what we need , The HC should be able to do what he thinks best to win . That's the problem now , to many Chiefs and not enough Indians , and don't cry prejudice , I'm part Cherokee.

Full controll would not allow him to point his finger at someone else is the team don't succeed.

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formul8or (1/10/2008)
Oh God, please don't let this be true. Full control? :(

What's you talking about , I think that is what we need , The HC should be able to do what he thinks best to win . That's the problem now , to many Chiefs and not enough Indians , and don't cry prejudice , I'm part Cherokee.

Full controll would not allow him to point his finger at someone else is the team don't succeed.

It also removes the checks and balances it takes to build a full team, offense, defense, and special teams...

There are reasons why the positions GM, scouts, and coaches exist...

Scouts to scout talent, GM to acquire talent, and coach to coach talent. Naming one person to fill all 3 positions without any checks and balances is a recipe for disaster...

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Draftnut57 (1/10/2008)
formul8or (1/10/2008)
Oh God, please don't let this be true. Full control? :(

"Checks and balances" That's a good way to put it. I'd hope we'd at least hire away one of these top notch personnel guys- maybe one of the guys from Green Bay- if we hire Carroll and give him that kind of control.

What's you talking about , I think that is what we need , The HC should be able to do what he thinks best to win . That's the problem now , to many Chiefs and not enough Indians , and don't cry prejudice , I'm part Cherokee.

Full controll would not allow him to point his finger at someone else is the team don't succeed.

It also removes the checks and balances it takes to build a full team, offense, defense, and special teams...

There are reasons why the positions GM, scouts, and coaches exist...

Scouts to scout talent, GM to acquire talent, and coach to coach talent. Naming one person to fill all 3 positions without any checks and balances is a recipe for disaster...

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