Jan. 18—Now that Arthur Smith is out, Atlanta is searching for their next head coach and this is the perfect time to be looking for a head coach in the NFL. It's arguably the best coaching pool the NFL has seen in years.
There's Mike Vrabel, Antonio Pierce and Dan Quinn, but the biggest names are former Patriots coach and NFL legend Bill Belichick and this year's college football national champion Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh has been heavily favored for the LA Chargers job, but it was recently reported that he was in contact with the Falcons. Belichick has also been in talks with Atlanta and many believe that he will end up being the Falcons' next head coach.
Belichick is at a point in his career where he is looking at milestones. He isn't far from surpassing Don Shula as the winningest coach in NFL history and likely has about three more years of coaching left. The Falcons would be an excellent place for him to achieve his goal.
Atlanta has a bevy of pure talent on the offensive side of the ball. Bijan Robinson, Drake London and Kyle Pitts are all talents that Belichick could run wild with. Atlanta also has the number eight pick in this year's draft and, if he is available, they could take Heisman winner Jayden Daniels.
Defensively, Belichick is sound. With New England, their offense didn't scare anyone. But, their defense was a nightmare, always ready to take on any challenge. In Atlanta, Belichick would be inheriting an excellent defense. The Falcons were the seventh best passing defense in terms of yardage and they allowed just 11 rushing touchdowns all year. They were also second in the league in fumbles forced.
Belichick may also enjoy the free trip to the playoffs in the NFC South. The division is inarguably the worst in the league. It has been the least competitive divisions in the NFL by far, with just four winning seasons in the last three years between all four teams. The Panthers are dysfunctional and the worst team in the NFL, the Saints can't seem to get their run game figured out and Tampa Bay, while they do have an upward trajectory, have a low ceiling. Right now is as good a time as any to start winning in the NFC South and it is just right for Belichick.