Eagles GM interviews with Atlanta

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert interviewed today in the Atlanta Falcons' ongoing search to restructure their front office.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank would like to hire a replacement for Rich McKay before deciding on his next coach.

McKay, who as been Atlanta's GM since December 2003, could remain as team president through 2010. But he has yet to sign a two-year contract extension Blank offered on Friday.

With the Falcons, Heckert would have the final say on personnel decisions. In Philadelphia, he defers to coach Andy Reid, the team's executive vice president of football operations.

The 40-year-old Heckert spent 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins before the Eagles hired him as director of player personnel in 2001. Reid promoted him to general manager two years later.

McKay is helping Blank interview coaching and GM candidates following a 4-12 season that began with quarterback Michael Vick's
federal indictment and ended with coach Bobby Petrino's sudden
resignation.

The Falcons have interviewed at least three coaching candidates,
Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and two assistant head
coaches, Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis and Tony Sparano of the Cowboys.


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