The Atlanta Falcons stated on Monday confirming that they have successfully finished an interview with Bill Belichick regarding the position of head coach. During a piece of “SportsCenter” that aired on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN explained why Bill Belichick would choose to accept the Atlanta position although he may have other significant possibilities available to him this winter.
“We were hearing for a while that the Falcons were interested, and now I’m hearing that there is mutual interest between the Falcons and Belichick,” Fowler stated, as disclosed by Erin Walsh of Bleacher Report. “Belichick and the Falcons are both interested in the player.” How far does this go? Yet to be clarified.
However, it was sufficient for them to meet in person with the owner, Arthur Blank, and chat with Belichick about what their vision would be for that program for a team that is just a quarterback away. At the outset, I was informed that Belichick would most likely target teams that were talented but did not perform to their full potential. The city of Atlanta most likely fits within that group.
After former Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith benched Desmond Ridder, a quarterback who was selected in the third round of the 2022 draft, for a portion of this season, it is quite likely that the Falcons will attempt to better their quarterback position.
Interestingly, Fowler noted in a piece that was published on Tuesday that some league executives believe the Falcons could be interested in veteran Russell Wilson if the Denver Broncos decide to cut the one-time Super Bowl champion over the upcoming offseason.
As the team that currently holds the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, Atlanta can combine that selection with other assets to either move up in the draft order or acquire a signal-caller like Justin Fields, who is currently playing for the Chicago Bears.
Even though the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles did not have any openings for head coaches as of late Tuesday afternoon, Belichick is still being associated with potential employment with both of those teams.
According to a piece that was published on Tuesday morning by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Blank could “break the bank and/or give Belichick full control of the” Falcons to persuade the six-time Super Bowl champion head coach to join a franchise that finished with a record of 7-10 this season rather than a team that was eliminated in the wild-card round of the ongoing postseason tournament.
Additional must-reads include: He believes that Bill Belichick could be an ideal replacement for Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy if Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones decides to go in a different direction this winter. Louis Riddick, an NFL analyst for ESPN, played under Bill Belichick when both of them were employed by the Cleveland Browns in the 1990s.
“Bill wants to go somewhere where he has a seasoned quarterback, who understands how to play the game on a high level, [and] who maybe needs his kind of mentoring in the postseason to go, ‘Hey, look, this is what we’re going to do. During the episode of the ESPN program “Get Up!” that aired on Tuesday, Riddick made the following statement about the connection between Belichick and the Cowboys: “This is how I’m going to help you and protect you.” This information was given by Hayden Bird of Boston.com.
It is interesting to note that ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano noted in an article that was published on Monday that the growth of quarterback Dak Prescott during the previous regular season is one of the reasons why Graziano had heard from insiders within the Cowboys that “the team is very happy with the job McCarthy is doing.”
Of course, the situation may have changed after Prescott hurled a pair of costly interceptions and after the Dallas defense lost 143 rushing yards and three scores on the ground in this past Sunday’s ugly 48-32 wild-card playoff defeat to the Green Bay Packers.
McCarthy’s career with Dallas, which began in 2020, has resulted in a postseason record of 1-3 for him. In addition, Riddick stated, “That ain’t happening with a Bill Belichick-coached defense,” about the performance that the Cowboys displayed on Sunday. If he can handle the rest of the things, then he would be an excellent choice for Dallas. He’s one of a kind.”
Some disagree. In the days leading up to the weekend, a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram named Mac Engel predicted that Jones and Belichick would disagree because of their personalities. During the broadcast of the ESPN show “First Take” that aired on Monday, Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe stated that a partnership between Bill Belichick and Tom Jones would be a “match made in hell.” This information was reported by Matt Ehalt of the New York Post.
As of Tuesday afternoon, McCarthy was still working for the Cowboys, if that information is any indication. In the meantime, it appears that the Atlanta Falcons can make an offer to Bill Belichick at any time.