The Falcons said they will keep their coordinator searches largely private, but names were bound to leak out to the media.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, former Ravens coach Brian Billick, and Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements are all candidates for the offensive coordinator job.
It’s unclear if all of these candidates will interview, but some interviews will start shortly. Mel Tucker is believed to be a candidate for the defensive job.
Schottenheimer and Koetter are also in competition for the Alabama offensive coordinator job. Koetter has been mentioned as a candidate in Chicago for a “passing game coordinator” gig.
Billick’s name is interesting. It’s become apparent he would like to get back into coaching, but a head coaching opportunity hasn’t come up. It’s unclear if he’s interested in a coordinator role.
Considering that Billick works at NFL Network with La Canfora, it’s a safe bet the answer is “yes” if he’s on this list.
UPDATE 2:41 p.m. ET: Florio just reminded me of something that slipped my mind. Billick is Falcons coach Mike Smith’s brother-in-law. Their wives are sisters.