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Bill Belichick moves a step closer to joining the Falcons: What could change in Atlanta?

by Moxieplay

Bill Belichick will have a second interview with the Falcons this weekend, as Atlanta owner Arthur Blank‘s pursuit of the legendary coach ramps up.

It is becoming increasingly likely that Belichick will reach an agreement to join Atlanta as its replacement for the fired Arthur Smith. And if Belichick is hired as the 14th full-time head coach in team history, it will signal that the Falcons are ready to contend for the NFC South title — along with a Super Bowl — in 2024, after a talented but inconsistent group finished two games out of the playoffs in 2023.

What Belichick’s arrival would mean

Belichick and Falcons CEO Rich McKay have known each other for many years and figure to share responsibility across football operations, with input from general manager Terry Fontenot — whose additions to Atlanta’s defense last offseason helped the unit improve significantly in 2023. Belichick has always been regarded as a defensive specialist, and the Falcons’ D could get even better in 2024 if he is hired.

Belichick could reach out to old friend Josh McDaniels to run the Atlanta offense, with other members of his staff in New England potentially heading south to team up again. McDaniels has flamed out in both of his NFL head coaching gigs, but he has a longstanding relationship with Belichick — the two have worked together, on-and-off, since 2001 — and could be enticed by the chance to work with young players like Drake London, Kyle Pitts, and Bijan Robinson.

Falcons are still going through the process

Although Belichick has emerged as the favorite for the Falcons job, Atlanta is interviewing other candidates in the event Belichick decides to go elsewhere in his pursuit of the NFL’s all-time coaching wins record.

The Falcons have interviewed Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh — who has been strongly linked with the Los Angeles Chargers — as well as Eagles offensive coordinator Brian Johnson, who could leave Philadelphia as the organization prepares to overhaul its coaching staff.

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