Quick glance at five early Atlanta Falcons' coaching candidates


The Atlanta Falcons began their head-coaching search Monday by requesting permission to talk to five coordinators: Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. McDaniels, Quinn, and Gase can be interviewed immediately due to playoff byes.

Here is a quick snapshot on each:


Age: 49

Pro background: Lions defensive coordinator (2014), Ravens secondary coach (2011-13), Cardinals defensive backs coach (2007-09), Seahawks defensive backs coach (2003-06).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: safety, University of Pittsburgh (1984-87); Montreal Machine, World Football League (1991).

2014 performance: League's top rushing defense (69.3 ypg.), second-ranked total defense (300.9 ypg.), third-ranked scoring defense (17.6 ppg.)


Age: 51

Pro background: Cardinals defensive coordinator (2013-present), Eagles defensive coordinator (2012), Eagles defensive backs coach (2012), Dolphins assistant coach/secondary (2008-11), Cowboys secondary coach (2005-07), Browns secondary coach/nickel backs coach (2001-04), Jets defensive backs coach (2000), Packers player personnel staff (1995-96).

Head-coaching experience: Dolphins interim head coach, 2011 (2-1 record in three games)

Playing experience: Safety, Washington Redskins (1986-93, 15 career INTs); defensive back, Temple University (1982-85).

2014 performance: League's fifth-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 18.7 points per game


Age: 38

Pro background: Patriots offensive coordinator, offensive assistant (2012-present), Rams offensive coordinator (2011), Patriots offensive coordinator (2006-08), Patriots quarterbacks coach (2004-08), Patriots defensive assistant (2002-03), Patriots personnel assistant (2001).

Head-coaching experience: Denver Broncos, 2009-10 (11-17 record, fired in December 2010)

Playing experience: quarterback/wide receiver, John Carroll University, Ohio (1995-96)

2014 performance: League's fourth-ranked scoring offense (29.3 ppg) and ninth-ranked passing offense (257.6 ypg.)


Age: 44

Pro background: Seahawks defensive coordinator (2013-present), Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line (2009-10), Jets defensive line coach (2007-08), Dolphins defensive line coach (2005-06), 49ers defensive line coach (2003-04), 49ers defensive quality control coach (2001-02).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: defensive lineman, Salisbury (Md.) State, 1990-93.

2014 performance: League's top-rated defense in total yards (267.1 ypg.), yards per play (4.63 ypp.), passing yards per game (185.6 ypg), and scoring (15.9 ppg.)


Age: 36

Pro background: Broncos offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2014), Broncos quarterbacks coach (2011-12), Broncos wide receivers coach (2009-10), 49ers offensive assistant (2008), Lions quarterbacks coach (2007), Lions offensive quality control (2006), Lions offensive assistant (2005), Lions scouting assistant (2003-05).

Head-coaching experience: none

Playing experience: none

2014 performance: League's second-ranked scoring offense (30.1 ppg.) and fourth-ranked total offense (402.9 ypg.)