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
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