Schottenheimer Could Be Falcons' Next Target

The Atlanta Falcons have been rebuffed by Bill Cowher as a coaching candidate (reportedly) and Bill Parcells as a prospective front office chief.

Marty Schottenheimer may be next on their list.

There are rumblings that Falcons owner Arthur Blank is after Schottenheimer as a potential coach. Schottenheimer has sat out this season after being fired by the San Diego Chargers following the club's second-round playoff defeat last season on the heels of a 14-2 regular season.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Falcons might try to hire Buddy Nix, the Chargers' assistant general manager, as their GM to work with Schottenheimer. The two were close in San Diego, and the Falcons already have indicated that Rich McKay won't be retained as their general manager.

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith told the newspaper: "I have not heard about Buddy Nix, but I have heard the Coach Schottenheimer rumors. If true, I believe a Buddy Nix-Marty Schottenheimer team in Atlanta would be a perfect fit.... Buddy got along well with Coach Schottenheimer. They socialized together, went out to dinner, golfed together, sat together on the plane, talked football all the time."

By Mark Maske |  December 21, 2007; 9:59 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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he cant win a SB, but since they arent close, he is the perfect person to clean house and make them decent again.

Posted by: he's perfect for them | December 21, 2007 10:15 AM

well at least you know on a Marty-coached team there won't be any knuckleheads doing stupid things to distract the team.

Posted by: Martyball returns | December 21, 2007 11:07 AM

This would be a great move on the Falcons part. Marty is a great coach and is probably the only coach other than Parcells who could right the ship.

Posted by: leeh1128 | December 21, 2007 1:57 PM

I had hoped that the Ravens would fire Billick and Marty would come to Baltimore.

Oh well; it looks like another year of Brian Billick Super Genius as skipper of the Ravens.

Posted by: D~ | December 21, 2007 3:03 PM

no big name coach or GM is coming to the Falcons unless Blank changes his ways and changes his ways big time and what that means is that he can't be of the sidelines talking to players or acting like a coach th bes thing he can do is stop meddling and hire the best people and let them do their jobs as long as he's involved in the decision making process then no GM is coming to Atlanta simply because of the fact that no man likes to be undermined it doesn't matter if he's the owner of the team that's like the Gm saying to the ownersince i'am not on owner of any team iam going to be involved in the owners meeting process what kind of sense does that make think about it for a minute.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 23, 2007 12:22 AM

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