It is universally acknowledged that the Atlanta Falcons are in search of a head coach – preferably a head coach who is competent and will stick around for more than 13 games. ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio reports that according to industry sources, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Mike Singletary has been brought up as a possibility for the Falcons’ head coach vacancy.
The source also states that Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants Singletary; ironically, ex-Falcons
quitter head coach Bobby Petrino was hired at the behest of Falcons general manager Rich McKay. There’s some plusses in a Singletary hiring – first of all, Singletary (in time) will make a great head coach in the NFL. He also has the mentality that would enable him to shape up a currently dysfunctional Falcons locker room.
Also – and this may or may not be a sticking point in the Falcons’ eventual choice as head coach – the Falcons have the 3rd-highest concentration of season-ticket holders in the league. So perhaps the hiring of an African-American coach would go a long way towards goodwill between the Falcons and their season-ticket holders. But despite that, the Falcons need to hire a coach, regardless of their race. Granted, the Rooney Rule is in place, but again, you always want to hire the best person for the job.