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Cowboys assistant Garrett has second interview with Falcons

ATLANTA -- One day after introducing their new general
manager, the Atlanta Falcons got back to work trying to find a head
coach Wednesday, meeting with Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator
Jason Garrett for the second time.



Garrett has also had two interviews with the Baltimore Ravens, and ESPN's Ed Werder reported Tuesday that according to sources, the Ravens have offered him the job. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is also reportedly trying to keep Garrett in Dallas.

Thomas Dimitroff, who was hired as GM last weekend, indicated
the Falcons may have their man by the end of this week.

If that's the case, Garrett and former Baltimore Ravens
defensive coordinator Rex Ryan would appear to be at the head of
the list. They are the only two candidates to get a second
interview with Atlanta so far.

One day after spending more than six hours meeting with the
Ravens about their coaching vacancy, Garrett was in Atlanta for the
first time to talk again with the Falcons, said a person familiar
with the search, speaking on condition of anonymity because no
decision had been made.

Garrett was headed back to Dallas on Wednesday night, where he is expected to meet with Jones, according to ESPN.com's Matt Mosley.

A source tells Mosley several members of the Cowboys' coaching staff are convinced that Garrett will pass on both jobs and remain in Dallas.

Garrett's first interview with the Falcons was conducted in
Dallas while he prepared for the playoffs. The Cowboys were upset
by the New York Giants on Sunday, freeing up the 41-year-old
coordinator to hit the road for interviews.

Dimitroff and owner Arthur Blank have the final say on a new
coach, though team president Rich McKay, who previously served as
general manager, also has been involved in the dual process to find
both a GM and a coach.

"We're looking for a very good leader. We're looking for a very
good football mind," Dimitroff said.

The Falcons really need to get this one right. This will be
their sixth head coach since Blank purchased the team in 2002,
including a pair of interim bosses.

Emmitt Thomas coached the final three games this season after
Bobby Petrino stunningly resigned without even making it through
the first year of his five-year, $24 million contract. No one on
Petrino's staff was part of the search, and defensive coordinator
Mike Zimmer already left for the same job with the Cincinnati
Bengals.

Whoever gets the job will take over a franchise in disarray,
largely the result of Michael Vick's federal prison sentence for
dogfighting. The team slumped to a 4-12 this season and faces a
major rebuilding job.

Without Vick, the offense was downright anemic. The Falcons went
through three starting quarterbacks, ranking 23rd in total offense
(301 yards per game) and 29th in scoring (16.2 points a game).

Garrett oversaw a Dallas offense that ranked second in the NFL
with 455 points and third in total offense (365.7 yards).
Quarterback Tony Romo set franchise records with 36 touchdown
passes and 4,211 yards passing as the Cowboys went 13-3 during the
regular season.

Working against Garrett: Dallas struggled down the stretch,
averaging just 10.5 points in their final four games, including the
stunning playoff loss to the Giants.

Garrett was a quarterbacks coach for two seasons with the Miami
Dolphins, then joined the Cowboys a year ago as offensive
coordinator before the team even hired Wade Phillips as head coach.

Prior to coaching, Garrett spent 12 years in the NFL as a
quarterback, mostly as a backup with Dallas and the New York
Giants.

The Falcons also have interviewed Indianapolis assistant head
coach Jim Caldwell, Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mike Smith
and Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Former Dallas assistant head coach Tony Sparano met with
Atlanta, as well, but he's off the market. The Miami Dolphins hired
him Wednesday as their new head coach.

ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder, ESPN.com's Matt Mosley and The Associated Press contributed to this story.