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Report: Todd Bowles a "Lead Candidate" For the Falcons

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ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the most plugged in Falcons beat writer, has an unexpected update about the Falcons head coach search.

Future Atlanta Falcon head coach?
Future Atlanta Falcon head coach?
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Just hours after Rex Ryan was reported to take the Buffalo Bills head coach job, ESPN's Vaughn McClure provided a great update about the state of the Atlanta Falcons head coaching search.

Do you want the good news or the even gooder news? Josh McDaniels is NOT mentioned as a top candidate for the job. In fact, Peter King gave an update on McDaniels and the Falcons.

While you are collectively fist pumping, you may also want to know that one of the fan favorites is considered the "lead candidate" for the job.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles had a five-hour interview with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, according to a league source, and he is considered to be a lead candidate for the team's head-coaching vacancy.

The NFL's Ian Rappoport confirmed basically the same thing.

This is great news. Bowles has produced impressive results from an Arizona Cardinals defense that has dealt with a slew of injuries, and he has a quality resume of coordinating experience. You will not see a lot of three man rushes from the blitz heavy, aggressive scheme Bowles has run.

The other candidate Vaughn mentioned is Dan Quinn, who cannot be interviewed until the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl again finish their season, and is the reported favorite for the New York Jets vacancy.

Bringing in Bowles would make it likely the Falcons would keep two coach favorites in Keith Armstrong and Mike Tice.

Bowles apparently has current Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens in mind as an offensive coordinator. He also has ties to a couple of coaches currently on the Falcons' staff. He was a college teammate of Armstrong at Temple University. And Bowles was a teammate of Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice when both played for the Washington Redskins in 1989.

While I am not familiar with Freddie Kitchens, and he may need permission to leave his current job, keeping Armstrong and Tice would be great for the Falcons.

Anyone else happy to see Bowles as the potential head coach?