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Falcons Complete Interview With Rival Coach, 4 Other Head Coach Candidates

All NFL fans have their eyes on the playoffs. But the Atlanta Falcons have begun their head coaching search in earnest.

The Falcons announced in a press release on Sunday night that they have completed virtual interviews with five head coaching candidates over the past several days. The list of interviewed coaches includes Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, who the Falcons interviewed on Sunday afternoon.

Atlanta defeated the Panthers 24-10 in the season opener. But Evero got the better of former Falcons head coach Arthur Smith in the rematch. In a Week 15 matchup that Atlanta had to win, Evero’s defense held Smith’s offense to only 7 points.

Evero has two seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator. He held that position with the Denver Broncos during the 2022 season.

With Evero as their defensive coordinator, the Broncos and Panthers both finished in the top 10 in yards allowed. His units were top 10 in yards allowed despite the team’s offenses routinely putting the defense in bad situations.

Prior to becoming Broncos defensive coordinator in 2022, Evero was a defensive assistant on the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff. He served as a defensive passing game coordinator and the secondary coach when the Rams won the Super Bowl during the 2021 season.

Evero’s NFL experience dates back to 2007 when he was 26 years old. Early in his career, he served as both an offensive and defensive assistant. In addition to the Panthers, Broncos and Rams, Evero has spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.

But Evero is just one of several quality candidates the Falcons have already interviewed virtually. Atlanta has also interviewed two Baltimore Ravens assistants — defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and assistant head coach Anthony Weaver — as well as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

Atlanta’s list of interviewed candidates should continue to expand in the next couple weeks. This week, the Falcons can interview any assistant from a team who lost on wild card weekend.

Next Monday, the Falcons can then interview any assistant (with permission) in the entire league.