It’s no secret that the Atlanta Falcons are going to go up and down the organization and make some heavy changes now that the 2007 season is over. With it they team will be looking at hiring a new head coach after the Bobby Petrino fiasco, and will look at plenty of guys out there that can start to turn the franchise back in the right direction. So who is on the teams list to talk to? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has already started throwing some names out there, and below is a quick look at some of them.
Marty Schottenheimer – My personal choice. He ended his tenure in San Diego as about as high as any coach could, even with the loss to the Pats in the playoffs last season. He still has the fire and the desire to coach, and brings that type of leadership that the team really needs.
Rex Ryan – The Ravens defensive coordinator has struggled just like the Ravens have this year, but he is highly regarded and should at least get an interview. In the past when the Ravens have played well, he has gotten a lot of credit for how the defense has played, and it looks like he may be ready to take the next step into being a head coach.
Mike Singletary – The 49’ers assistant head coach is going to get plenty of consideration for every coaching spot that becomes open, and why not? He has shown that he has what it takes to be a great player in this league, and there is no doubt that many feel he would be a great head coach as well. He will bring an instant buzz to a team that needs it.
“This offseason there’s definitely going to be a lot of changes made,” said cornerback DeAngelo Hall. “Change is difficult. It’s hard to win when there are a lot of changes because there’s a lot of different philosophies and mind-sets. One coach trained you to do things one way; another coach wants to train you to do things a different way. It’s going to be interesting to see who we bring in here to try to get this team back to playoff football.”