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01-04-2007, 09:43 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - Owner Arthur Blank and general manager Rich McKay are expected to interview Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for the Atlanta Falcons (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67038)' head coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Blank fired Jim Mora, who went 26-22 in the last three seasons, on Monday.

The Steelers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67067) gave permission to Whisenhunt and Steelers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67067) offensive line coach Russ Grimm to discuss job openings with other NFL teams searching for a new head coach.
Whisenhunt and Grimm also would become candidates with Pittsburgh if Steelers (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67067) coach Bill Cowher, who led the team to a Super Bowl title last year, retires.
The Falcons (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67038) are coming off a 7-9 season in which they missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
Whisenhunt played tight end at Georgia Tech before joining the Falcons (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67038) for a four-year career that ended in 1988.
Blank and McKay interviewed two Pittsburgh coordinators, Mike Mularkey (offensive) and Tim Lewis (defense), before hiring Mora in January 2004.
Mularkey might interview again this time. After the Buffalo Bills (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67039) fired him as head coach last year, Mularkey spent 2006 as offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67052). He went 14-18 with Buffalo. Miami will begin searching immediately for a replacement for Nick Saban, who left the Dolphins (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67052) on Wednesday to become head coach at the University of Alabama.
:scratch: Well, it could come down to Grimm or an outsider if KW or BC decide to leave this season
Hell, it might be a whole new ball game if Grimm left also to go to the Cardinals

The Steelers would like an answer as soon as possible from Cowher for obvious reasons. Two of the Steelers' current assistants are candidates for jobs in Arizona, Atlanta and Miami. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will interview with the Cardinals and Falcons. Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm will interview with the Cardinals

01-04-2007, 11:23 AM
It's looking like Whiz is the hot commodity for a head coaching job since only the Cardinals are interested in Russ right now. Hopefully the FO sees this and makes the right decision because if Cowher goes Whiz is the Steelers best chance to get to the playoffs without having many personnel changes... IMO.

House of Steel
01-04-2007, 11:56 AM
Great point, Chris. I am with you on this one. Falcons could be in for a major payday if they get Whisenhunt as coach. Grimm could do well in Arizona. This is going to be so darn weird if this take shape.

01-04-2007, 12:14 PM
I'm sure this is one of the biggest reason why the FO would want BC to at least coach out his last year of his contract. They need him to get someone else familiar with the ways the Steelers do things:dunno:

House of Steel
01-04-2007, 12:16 PM
You think that is easy, Capt? Changes are going to bring havoc to a team. I want an insider to be hired as the HC, Whiz or Grimm, and RIGHT THIS DAMN SECOND. Cowher is not into it anymore, I am tired of the speculations and the waiting game. Let's just move on and hire a new coach and say the hell with it Bill. I am sorry, I am getting pissy over this crap. The more I think about hiring an outsider, the more I think, this team is going to be hovering at 500 til the players finally get the new system downpacted, but again, the Rooneys don't like change. I am sure an outsider will have to work with the current system intact, I sense a problem with that hiring an outsider.

01-04-2007, 05:38 PM
If Ken goes to the Falcons. He is a freaking moron. Atlanta will not be anything. Til they ship Ron Mexico out of town.

01-04-2007, 05:58 PM
If Ken goes to the Falcons. He is a freaking moron. Atlanta will not be anything. Til they ship Ron Mexico out of town.
Is this the same Ron Mexico that everyone wanted to buy the Pirates:scratch:

01-04-2007, 06:00 PM
Arthur Blanc of the falcons is a complete idiot ! Whiz would be crazy to go work for a jerk like him !

Whiz and Grimm both got several interviews last year and we managed to keep them so I hope they have the common sense to wait to interview for our job too.

01-04-2007, 06:01 PM
No capt Ron mexico aka Mike Vick. Same Mike Vick who gave herpes to a girl and told her his name was Ron Mexico.