USC coach Pete Carroll, who has won two national titles at the school, talked with Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank by phone on Wednesday about the head coach vacancy according to several reports.
Carroll, however, reportedly wasn't offered the job and appears to be inclined to stay put even if an offer is later made.
The NFL Network, which cited a close to Carroll as saying Pete is 'not even entertaining the idea’ of going to Atlanta and also has no interest in the vacant Washington Redskins job.
“It’s the wrong place, the wrong time, the wrong guy,” the source said.
ESPN and the Los Angeles Daily News also reported on Thursday that Carroll, who is vacationing in Hawaii, is unlikely to head to Atlanta.
Carroll spoke with USC sports information director Tim Tessalone on Wednesday and told Tessalone there are no developments worthy of comment.
“He reiterated that to me this morning on the phone,” Tessalone said.
Last week, Carroll told reporters his name would be mentioned in speculation for NFL jobs. Carroll said then he wouldn’t fuel speculation by making comments.
“There’s nothing going on, no reason to even talk about it,” Carroll said last week.
Carroll did not return a message left on his cell phone Wednesday.
Before USC's 49-17 rout of Illinois in the Rose Bowl, Carroll dismissed the Falcons job as a possibility while speaking to the Los Angeles Daily News.
"They've had a lot of problems there," Carroll said. "It's not the most sought-after job."
Falcons owner Arthur Blank is looking for a coach for the second straight year. After firing Jim Mora a year ago, he hired Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. But Petrino lasted just 13 games before quitting to become the coach at Arkansas.
The Falcons finished 4-12, including a 1-2 mark with interim coach Emmitt Thomas, in a season overshadowed by quarterback Michael Vick’s indictment, guilty plea and sentencing to 23 months in federal prison for his role in an interstate dogfighting conspiracy.
Atlanta, also currently looking for a general manager, might be willing to offer Carroll control of player personnel decisions. That could be enough enticement for Carroll to talk with Blank or other team officials.
Former general manager Rich McKay was offered a two-year extension to remain as president through 2010.
Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert interviewed with team officials Monday.
The Falcons have interviewed at least three coaching candidates: Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and two assistant head coaches, Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis and Tony Sparano of the Cowboys.
Carroll has experience in the NFL as a head coach and as an assistant in addition to his tremendous success at USC.
Carroll, 56, was 6-10 in as coach of the New York Jets in 1994. He was 28-23 with a division title and two playoff appearances as coach of the New England Patriots from 1997-99.
He is 76-14 with two national championships in seven seasons at USC following an 11-2 record and No. 3 ranking this season.
The Fighting Irish have a promising future based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path, and program power.
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