TAMPA — Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles helped the Bucs sweep Atlanta this season. That didn’t go unnoticed by Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Bowles will interview with the Falcons next week, according to Pro Football Talk.
For the second straight season, the Bucs defense finished No. 1 against the run. They also finished sixth in total yards allowed (327.1) and eight in points allowed (22.1).
Bowles, 57, was the Jets head coach from 2015-18 and finished 24-40. In his first season, he went 10-6 but the Jets missed the playoffs.
The Falcons already have interviewed 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on Monday.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians has said he believes both Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich should be head coaching candidates this year.
Bowles has one more season remaining on his three-year contract with the Bucs. And many have believed that if Arians retires, Bowles would be in place to take over for him in Tampa Bay.
But Bowles may not have to wait to get his next head coaching job.