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Bill Belichick set for second interview with Atlanta Falcons: report

The Atlanta Falcons’ pursuit of Bill Belichick is gaining steam.

Belichick is scheduled this weekend for a second interview for Atlanta’s head coaching vacancy, according to NFL Media.

The former New England Patriots coach is set to meet with Falcons officials after sitting down with team owner Arthur Blank earlier this week.

News of the second meeting emerged the morning after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones publicly committed to head coach Mike McCarthy, eliminating what would have been a high-profile opening and ending speculation linking Belichick to Dallas.

The Atlanta job remains among the most appealing on the market, due in part to a young offensive core featuring running back Bijan Robinson, wide receiver Drake London and tight end Kyle Pitts, who were each recent top-10 draft picks.

The Falcons are scheduled to pick No. 8 overall in April’s draft and are expected this offseason to explore upgrades at quarterback, where they primarily started Desmond Ridder in 2023.

Belichick, 71, is one of numerous coaches to interview with the Falcons recently, with Jim Harbaugh, who just led Michigan to an NCAA national championship, among the others. Harbaugh has also interviewed with the Los Angeles Chargers, who boast the ultimate building block among coach-needy teams in quarterback Justin Herbert.

Last week, Belichick parted ways with the Patriots after winning six Super Bowl championships and 17 AFC East titles in 24 seasons. Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft described the move as a mutual decision following back-to-back losing seasons, including a 4-13 campaign in 2023.

The Patriots promoted Jerod Mayo, a member of their defensive staff, to replace Belichick as head coach and officially introduced him Wednesday.

“I’m not trying to be Bill,” said Mayo, a former linebacker who played and coached under Belichick. “I think that Bill is his own man. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a little bit different, even up here. But what I will say is the more I think about the lessons that I’ve taken from Bill, hard work works, right? Hard work works, and that’s what we’re all about.”