Falcons' Turn to Try to Hire Garrett

It was on to Atlanta for Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after the Baltimore Ravens tried but failed Tuesday to hire him as their head coach.

Now the Falcons apparently will attempt to complete a deal with Garrett today to fill their head coaching vacancy.

Garrett, according to a source, was offered the Ravens' job but the two sides could not agree to a contract.

The Falcons, too, appear poised to hire Garrett if they can. Garrett, a former backup NFL quarterback, is in demand after overseeing a Dallas offense that ranked third in the league in total yards and second in scoring this season. The Cowboys want to retain him as their offensive coordinator and have told him they will match the financial terms of any contract offer he receives elsewhere to be a head coach, a source said.

In Atlanta, Garrett would replace Bobby Petrino, who resigned 13 games into his rookie season as an NFL head coach to return to the college ranks at Arkansas. Emmitt Thomas coached the Falcons' final three games. The team has interviewed six candidates, including Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan twice. Ryan interviewed again Monday with newly appointed general manager Tom Dimitroff.

The Falcons also interviewed Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano, Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinators Jim Schwartz of the Tennessee Titans and Mike Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Falcons owner Arthur Blank reportedly spoke to USC Coach Pete Carroll but failed to persuade him to return to the NFL. Earlier, Blank was rebuffed in his bid to hire Bill Parcells to oversee the organization's football operations.

The Ravens continued to negotiate with Garrett after he left their training complex in Owings Mills, Md. There is speculation that if they lose Garrett, the Ravens' next choice is Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh. He was the runner-up for the UCLA head coaching job that went to Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel.

By Mark Maske |  January 16, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  | Category:  Cowboys , Falcons , Ravens
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