With Mike Mularkey moving on to Jacksonville, the Falcons suddenly have coordinator positions to fill on both sides of the ball.
Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder left for the same job at Auburn on Monday. Mularkey did a fine job in Atlanta, but the Falcons may not mind having to make some changes.
After a year where the franchise seemed to regress, the Falcons may be ready for some fresh blood.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Falcons would “love” to hire former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo for the defensive coordinator job. Jack Del Rio, Mike Nolan, and Raheem Morris are other names that have been mentioned as logical possibilities, but it’s unclear if the Falcons are interested in them.
Falcons coach Mike Smith was Del Rio’s coordinator in Jacksonville. We’re not sure Del Rio wants to coach this year while he’s still getting paid by the Jaguars.