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 |
Monte Kiffin/Ronde BarberAl Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesMonte Kiffin (left, celebrating with Ronde Barber) worked wonders with the Tampa Bay defense this year. Despite featuring five new starters, the Bucs' stop unit finished second in total defense.
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.