Falcons Reportedly Receive Permission from Cowboys to Interview J. Garrett, T. Sparano for Head Coaching Job

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly have received permission from the Dallas Cowboys to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their vacant head coaching job.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Sparano is scheduled to interview for the job Friday but Garrett is yet to agree to an interview.

Garrett has become a popular head coaching candidate because of the success of the Dallas offense this season under his guidance. He's a former Cowboys backup quarterback who was the quarterbacks coach of the Miami Dolphins before coming to Dallas this season. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones considered making Garrett his head coach this season before giving the job to Wade Phillips and making Garrett the offensive coordinator.

Sparano also could be a head coaching candidate in Miami if the Dolphins fire Cam Cameron as their coach, as expected.

The Falcons are searching for a replacement for Bobby Petrino, who resigned with three games remaining in the season. Other candidates could include San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary, Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who was out of the league this season after being fired by the San Diego Chargers.

The Falcons also are looking for a new general manager to replace Rich McKay, who's been invited to remain in the organization as team president but has been told he will not retain his GM duties.

By Mark Maske |  January 1, 2008; 9:35 AM ET  | Category:  Cowboys , Falcons
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The career of one of these bright and energetic assistants is about to go down in flames. Stay away from the Falcons job.

Posted by: Giants Fan | January 1, 2008 10:55 PM

What about me? I'm (always) available.

Posted by: Nick Saban | January 1, 2008 10:56 PM

Frankly, Marty would be a good choice in Falcon land...

Posted by: leeh1128 | January 2, 2008 1:17 PM

jason garett= norv turner part 2

Posted by: skinfan2k | January 2, 2008 1:24 PM

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