Increasing Signs Point To Belichick Heading to Falcons

An official decision from Flowery Branch has not been made yet, but indications are growing that the Atlanta Falcons’ next head coach will be Bill Belichick.

The Falcons are still interviewing potential hires and due to the Rooney Rule, the Falcons may not be able to make a decision until late next week. But as of 2 pm Friday, as of this writing, reports are surfacing that show the team’s desire to make the former Patriots longtime play-caller their head coach.

    • The Athletic’s NFL insider Dianna Rossini reports the Falcons flew Belichick to Atlanta on one of owner Arthur Blank‘s private planes last night. They had dinner Thursday night, and more meetings between the two parties are scheduled, according to her sources.

    • 11 Alive Sports Reporter Maria Martin, citing her sources, says members of the six-time Super Bowl winner’s potential staff had reached out to the Falcons to inquire about personnel.
    • There is growing speculation on who would join the Falcons staff if Belichick is hired for the head coach job. Some names speculated about possibly joining the Falcons coaching roster if Belichick comes aboard are Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, and Brian Flores. There has been additional speculation that Kirk Cousins, currently a Vikings quarterback, could fill that role for the Falcons if Belichick gets the nod.
  • The Falcons have interviewed eight candidates (as of this writing) and only Belichick has been called back for a second interview, scheduled for this weekend.

The “Around the NFL” podcast posted that the Belichick second interview is this afternoon and could continue into Saturday. Lions defensive coach Aaron Glenn, is also expected to interview for the Falcons head coach job, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.