During the team’s end-of-the-season press conference, head coach Arthur Smith said the Falcons would take their time to find the right coach. Thus far, the team has reportedly requested interviews with four different assistants, including former Dolphins coach Brian Flores.
Stay up to date with each request using our interview tracker below.
Brian Flores: Steelers senior assistant
I'm told the Atlanta #Falcons have requested to interview Brian Flores for their defensive coordinator vacancy, per league source.
— JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 15, 2023
Ryan Nielsen: Saints co-defensive coordinator
The Falcons have requested to interview Saints co-DC/D-line coach Ryan Nielsen for their defensive coordinator vacancy, per league sources. Nielsen's work in recent years with New Orleans’ defensive front is highly regarded around the league.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 14, 2023
Jerry Gray: Packers DB coach/passing game coordinator
The connection with Falcons HC Arthur Smith and Jerry Gray is deep.
Gray was DB coach in Washington when Smith was a defensive quality control coach.
Also the DC in Tennessee when Smith first started with the Titans. https://t.co/cAYtJnWNPT
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) January 14, 2023
Ejiro Evero: Broncos defensive coordinator (declined)
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 13, 2023