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by Cory Woodruff for The Falcoholic


As we continue to hear more about the Atlanta Falcons coaching search, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson has shared some eye-opening tidbits about its direction and the status of one of the presumed top candidates. 

Wilson, a veteran league reporter who covers the Houston Texans for the Houston Chronicle and a former Baltimore Ravens beat writer, brought up the Falcons in an interview with Houston radio program The A-Team with Wexler & Clanton. 

Toward the end of that interview, Wilson was discussing the Kansas City Chiefsoffensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy as a potential candidate with Houston. 

It provided background to why the Texans has yet to interview Bieniemy to work with star quarterback Deshaun Watson, considering the OC’s stellar job making Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes the league’s Most Valuable Player. 

Wilson cast doubt on that team’s interest in Bieniemy and brought up his recent interview with the Falcons to explain why Bieniemy may not be as sought-after as expected.

The interview view

Wilson said two important and interesting notes about Atlanta’s head coach search.

[The Falcons] literally want to hire a Black coach. They would love for him to crush the interview. He did not crush the interview, and these teams care a lot about these interviews.

Wilson says the problem is not due to anything in Bieniemy’s past or something unknown to fans; it’s just been a matter of teams not being interested. 

“He’s a good family man; he’s a good guy,” Wilson said. “He’s a good coach, but the teams have a right to hire whoever they want.” 

Wilson followed by saying he has heard a lot about Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith in connection to the Falcons. Wilson said San Francisco 49ersdefensive coordinator Robert Saleh, a candidate for the Falcons, did not interview well with the Detroit Lions. 

While Wilson is not a name we hear a lot about with the Falcons, he did recently link former Houston general manager Rick Smith to the Falcons, even going so far that he’d bet someone dinner that Smith would be Atlanta’s next GM. 

Wilson’s intel is disappointing to Atlanta fans hoping Bieniemy might be the next head coach, though it’s massively encouraging to know the organization is being intentional about diversity in the hiring process. 

Wilson’s insight does not mean that Bieniemy is out of running for the job, but it raises questions about his candidacy. It is a reminder that we never know how interviews go behind the scenes, however, Bieniemy is widely considered to be the top candidate this offseason. 

A diverse search

The Falcons have repeatedly said they want a diverse search. So far, the Falcons have or are set to interview the following Black candidates: Bieniemy, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris. 

Other Black candidates could include former Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods and ex-Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. 

The Falcons have interviewed multiple Black candidates for the GM opening: Rick Smith, Saints exec. Terry Fontenot, Rams college scouting director Brad Holmes, Colts college scouting director Morocco Brown and the team’s own Anthony Robinson. 

Other Black candidates have been linked to the job, including former Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, Bears asst. director of player personnel Champ Kelly and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick. ESPN reported last month that the Falcons were looking at diverse candidates for GM, and the list is reflective of that.

We will see what this report means for the Falcons coaching search, though it does highlight the organization’s focus on diverse candidates and why Bieniemy might not be the frontrunner. Arthur Smith is a name we are keeping tabs on, as he would fit right in with the Falcons’ offensive personnel and has a stellar body of work in Tennessee in his two seasons calling plays. 

Expect more news about Bieniemy’s candidacy and if the Falcons organization honors its pursuit to diversify the team’s leadership.

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Skin color should not be a factor. Crazy world we live in. 

Falcons want to hire a black coach Falcons want a diverse search   Pick 1

How so? They obviously had something in mind but aren't sacrificing the right choice to make it happen. The fact that they clearly wanted to bring a black coach to Atlanta but were honest with themsel

If they want diversity, and I am,being honest, it can be found more so in the GM realm than the coaching realm. 

Honestly, with the way the hierarchy is now a days in the NFL the HC is more important than the GM. For some reason they seem to have more control of the roster.

Hire Riddick, Smith, or Fontenot.

Then please snag Arthur Smith. 

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17 minutes ago, Dr Long Shot said:

Skin color should not be a factor. Crazy world we live in. 

Isn’t the fact that the Falcons say they want a black coach racial bias? Kinda closes the mind to other possibilities. 

Mike Tomlin (Black) or Bill Belichick (White).... makes not one effing difference to me. Just pick the right effing man for the job. Heck, if that chick in SF is the best candidate I’ll take her. 

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