Atlanta May Be Closer To Hiring New Coach

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News 12 @ 6 Jan 16, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- After failing to reach a deal with Baltimore,
Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett visited Atlanta
for his second interview with the Falcons.
The visit stamps Garrett as a top contender in the coaching
search along with former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

Hiring a new coach is the top priority of general manager Thomas
Dimitroff, who was just hired himself from the New England
Patriots, which he was director of college scouting. At his
introduction yesterday, the 40-year-old Dimitroff speculated that a
coach could be hired by the end of the week.

Among the candidates who already interviewed with the team, in
addition to Ryan and Garrett, are Indianapolis assistant head coach
Jim Caldwell; Dallas assistant head coach Tony Sparano;
Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mike Smith and Tennessee
defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.