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Quick glance at five early Atlanta Falcons' coaching candidates

By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com

The Atlanta Falcons began their head-coaching search Monday by requesting permission to talk to five coordinators: Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. McDaniels, Quinn, and Gase can be interviewed immediately due to playoff byes.

Here is a quick snapshot on each:

TERYL AUSTIN

Age: 49

Pro background: Lions defensive coordinator (2014), Ravens secondary coach (2011-13), Cardinals defensive backs coach (2007-09), Seahawks defensive backs coach (2003-06).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: safety, University of Pittsburgh (1984-87); Montreal Machine, World Football League (1991).

2014 performance: League's top rushing defense (69.3 ypg.), second-ranked total defense (300.9 ypg.), third-ranked scoring defense (17.6 ppg.)


TODD BOWLES

Age: 51

Pro background: Cardinals defensive coordinator (2013-present), Eagles defensive coordinator (2012), Eagles defensive backs coach (2012), Dolphins assistant coach/secondary (2008-11), Cowboys secondary coach (2005-07), Browns secondary coach/nickel backs coach (2001-04), Jets defensive backs coach (2000), Packers player personnel staff (1995-96).

Head-coaching experience: Dolphins interim head coach, 2011 (2-1 record in three games)

Playing experience: Safety, Washington Redskins (1986-93, 15 career INTs); defensive back, Temple University (1982-85).

2014 performance: League's fifth-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 18.7 points per game




JOSH McDANIELS

Age: 38

Pro background: Patriots offensive coordinator, offensive assistant (2012-present), Rams offensive coordinator (2011), Patriots offensive coordinator (2006-08), Patriots quarterbacks coach (2004-08), Patriots defensive assistant (2002-03), Patriots personnel assistant (2001).

Head-coaching experience: Denver Broncos, 2009-10 (11-17 record, fired in December 2010)

Playing experience: quarterback/wide receiver, John Carroll University, Ohio (1995-96)

2014 performance: League's fourth-ranked scoring offense (29.3 ppg) and ninth-ranked passing offense (257.6 ypg.)




DAN QUINN

Age: 44

Pro background: Seahawks defensive coordinator (2013-present), Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line (2009-10), Jets defensive line coach (2007-08), Dolphins defensive line coach (2005-06), 49ers defensive line coach (2003-04), 49ers defensive quality control coach (2001-02).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: defensive lineman, Salisbury (Md.) State, 1990-93.

2014 performance: League's top-rated defense in total yards (267.1 ypg.), yards per play (4.63 ypp.), passing yards per game (185.6 ypg), and scoring (15.9 ppg.)




ADAM GASE

Age: 36

Pro background: Broncos offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2014), Broncos quarterbacks coach (2011-12), Broncos wide receivers coach (2009-10), 49ers offensive assistant (2008), Lions quarterbacks coach (2007), Lions offensive quality control (2006), Lions offensive assistant (2005), Lions scouting assistant (2003-05).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: none

2014 performance: League's second-ranked scoring offense (30.1 ppg.) and fourth-ranked total offense (402.9 ypg.)

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Quick glance at five early Atlanta Falcons' coaching candidates

By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com

The Atlanta Falcons began their head-coaching search Monday by requesting permission to talk to five coordinators: Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. McDaniels, Quinn, and Gase can be interviewed immediately due to playoff byes.

Here is a quick snapshot on each:

TERYL AUSTIN

Age: 49

Pro background: Lions defensive coordinator (2014), Ravens secondary coach (2011-13), Cardinals defensive backs coach (2007-09), Seahawks defensive backs coach (2003-06).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: safety, University of Pittsburgh (1984-87); Montreal Machine, World Football League (1991).

2014 performance: League's top rushing defense (69.3 ypg.), second-ranked total defense (300.9 ypg.), third-ranked scoring defense (17.6 ppg.)

TODD BOWLES

Age: 51

Pro background: Cardinals defensive coordinator (2013-present), Eagles defensive coordinator (2012), Eagles defensive backs coach (2012), Dolphins assistant coach/secondary (2008-11), Cowboys secondary coach (2005-07), Browns secondary coach/nickel backs coach (2001-04), Jets defensive backs coach (2000), Packers player personnel staff (1995-96).

Head-coaching experience: Dolphins interim head coach, 2011 (2-1 record in three games)

Playing experience: Safety, Washington Redskins (1986-93, 15 career INTs); defensive back, Temple University (1982-85).

2014 performance: League's fifth-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 18.7 points per game

JOSH McDANIELS

Age: 38

Pro background: Patriots offensive coordinator, offensive assistant (2012-present), Rams offensive coordinator (2011), Patriots offensive coordinator (2006-08), Patriots quarterbacks coach (2004-08), Patriots defensive assistant (2002-03), Patriots personnel assistant (2001).

Head-coaching experience: Denver Broncos, 2009-10 (11-17 record, fired in December 2010)

Playing experience: quarterback/wide receiver, John Carroll University, Ohio (1995-96)

2014 performance: League's fourth-ranked scoring offense (29.3 ppg) and ninth-ranked passing offense (257.6 ypg.)

DAN QUINN

Age: 44

Pro background: Seahawks defensive coordinator (2013-present), Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line (2009-10), Jets defensive line coach (2007-08), Dolphins defensive line coach (2005-06), 49ers defensive line coach (2003-04), 49ers defensive quality control coach (2001-02).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: defensive lineman, Salisbury (Md.) State, 1990-93.

2014 performance: League's top-rated defense in total yards (267.1 ypg.), yards per play (4.63 ypp.), passing yards per game (185.6 ypg), and scoring (15.9 ppg.)

ADAM GASE

Age: 36

Pro background: Broncos offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2014), Broncos quarterbacks coach (2011-12), Broncos wide receivers coach (2009-10), 49ers offensive assistant (2008), Lions quarterbacks coach (2007), Lions offensive quality control (2006), Lions offensive assistant (2005), Lions scouting assistant (2003-05).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: none

2014 performance: League's second-ranked scoring offense (30.1 ppg.) and fourth-ranked total offense (402.9 ypg.)

I would like to remind everyone about when we hired Bobby Petrino.

That came out of nowhere and I don't recall ever hearing him being listed as a potential candidate until he was pretty much hired.

Take this list of 5 candidates with a grain of salt...

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What do we know about their comparative teaching and development skills? Quinn has a lot of defensive line experience. We really need that. Paired with a bright and innovative OC and good def. position coaches. we should be good to go. Keep Tice and Robiski and possibly Armstrong.

My preference for HC, in order, would be Quinn, Bowles and Austin.

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What do we know about their comparative teaching and development skills? Quinn has a lot of defensive line experience. We really need that. Paired with a bright and innovative OC and good def. position coaches. we should be good to go. Keep Tice and Robiski and possibly Armstrong. My preference for HC, in order, would be Quinn, Bowles and Austin.

That was also my thought as I read through the qualifications. Quinn was a DC who specialized in defensive linemen, whereas Bowles and Austin were DCs who specialized in defensive backs.

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Based on everything I've read and seen I think Quinn would be my top choice. He has extensive experience including being the Seahawks assistant Head Coach. His specialty (and playing experience) is in defense .. and specifically defensive line. He seems like the kind of no-nonsense motivator with a good grasp of Xs and Os that we need.

Just my humble opinion.

If not Quinn then I would go Bowles followed by Austin.

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That means nothing to me being and ex-player or have played the game doesn't really mean you won't be a good coach.

The secret to coaching is getting your message across and the players responding to being what is said.

Oh I'm not saying that you have to have played in order to be a coach it's just strange to me. The only other person I know to do that is Todd Hailey.

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Quinn, Bowles, Austin, Ryan as it stands right now for me :)

Quinn would be a no for me bc:

1. Pete Carroll is a defensive HC that has a heavy hand in their defense.

2. Gus Bradley created the defense w Carroll. I can not see where Quinn has improved it.

3. I perceive him as a caretaker not a creator/builder of his system.

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