Falcons to Interview Garrett, Sparano Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their head coaching vacancy today in the Dallas area.

Teams in the head coaching market are using the opportunity they have under NFL rules to interview candidates on teams with first-round playoff byes this week. The Falcons interviewed Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell on Thursday.

The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to interview Sparano on Saturday. The Ravens also have received permission to interview Garrett and presumably will talk to him the same day. The Ravens reportedly received permission to interview Caldwell as well.

Sparano has been identified as the Miami Dolphins' front-runner but it's not clear when he will interview with them.

Next week, the teams likely will turn their attention to other candidates. Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is scheduled to interview with his own club Sunday and with the Falcons on Monday. The Dolphins have received permission to interview Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

By Mark Maske |  January 4, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  | Category:  Cowboys , Dolphins , Falcons , Ravens
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It will be interesting to see what Jerry Jones does if Jason Garrett shows genuine interest in any of the available jobs. Would Jones bump Wade Phillips after just oen season if Dallas doesn't go to the SB?

Posted by: Roy Hobbs | January 11, 2008 5:04 PM

I am still upset that Seattle built a stadium designed to create a distraction for visiting teams and yet the NFL has done nothing to prevent this type abuse. Seems to me a level playing field is what each team wants yet in Seattle things are different. Why. What's next a sideline area designed to be hotter or colder for visiting teams.

Posted by: Pat Flaherty | January 14, 2008 1:51 PM

They built the stadium for the comfort of the fans. In case you didn't know, it rains a lot in Seattle. Even the high school stadiums have roofs!

It's a clear advantage, but it's not insurmountable

Posted by: Anonymous | January 14, 2008 2:58 PM

well, so much the Seahawks. you have to be able to win a road game now and then to be a Super Bowl champion.

Posted by: Roy Hobbs | January 14, 2008 3:30 PM

24 years and counting since the 'Hawks won a road playoff game!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 14, 2008 4:06 PM

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