Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bowles would be OK, provided he picks the right man for his 'O'

Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech. (AJC file photo)

Dallas -- Esteemed colleague Darryl Orlando Ledbetter reports that Todd Bowles has jumped to the head of the Atlanta Falcons' search list and could become their coach by Wednesday. (This after Rex Ryan jumped to Buffalo Bills because, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports, he wasn't willing to wait to see what the Falcons would do .) This wouldn't be an awful development, I submit, Bowles having stamped himself as a rising star for his work with Arizona's defense.

One nugget does, I'm forced to say, give me pause. D-Led writes: "Bowles could bring Arizona quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens or former Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator."

You'll remember Kitchens as a not-bad Alabama quarterback in the late '90s. You'll also note that he's a quarterbacks coach, not an offensive coordinator. He has never been an offensive coordinator.

You'll remember Gailey as the guy who never had a losing season but who never beat Georgia or won the ACC as Georgia Tech's coach. The worst you can say about Gailey, who's 63, is that he's a solid football man. That's also the best you can say.

If the Falcons are going to hire another defensive coordinator as head coach, it would behoove them to find a hotshot offensive coordinator to round out the effect. Maybe Kitchens is that hotshot. Under no circumstances could we use that term to describe Gailey.

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.