With or without Carroll, Falcons might pursue Kiffin

If USC's Pete Carroll were to accept the Atlanta Falcons' job, one of his first hires might be free-agent Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: January 11, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
One of the more interesting aspects of the Atlanta Falcons' pursuit of Pete Carroll this week to fill their head-coaching vacancy was that the Southern California sideline boss already had begun plans for assembling a staff, and he had identified some of the candidates to Atlanta officials.

Heading the list of potential staffers: Legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, one of Carroll's closest friends.