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Interesting timing on this one to say the least.

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ATLANTA (SI.com) -- The Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday announced that head coach Dan Reeves has been released from his contract effective immediately, the team's Web site reported.

Falcons defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, in his second season with the team, was named interim head coach for the remaining three games of the season. A news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EST at the Falcons training facility.

"[Tuesday], I advised Dan that we've decided to bring in a new head coach beginning in the 2004 season," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "Dan asked to be released from his position immediately and we agreed to do so, even though our desire was for him to stay on through the rest of the season."

"We want to begin the process of searching for a new head coach in a thorough and honest manner," said Blank. "In order to do so, and as Dan and I previously discussed, I wanted to let him know of our decision first. This conversation also puts the club in a position to operate in an open and honest environment during the final weeks of the season, and to proceed with our plans for the future."

Reeves' job security had been a subject of speculation as the Falcons fell from the playoffs a year ago to one of the worst teams in the league after quarterback Michael Vick was hurt in the preseason.

Still, the timing of the move was curious, coming just three days after the Falcons (3-10) defeated Carolina 20-14 in overtime in Vick's first start of the season.

Reeves began the season with his 199th career victory, the Falcons winning 27-13 in Dallas.

Atlanta then lost seven in a row before Reeves finally got his 200th win at New York against the Giants on Nov. 9. Afterward, he said, "It's great. But when you've lost seven in a row, it was all about trying to get them to win No. 2."

Vick broke his right leg in the preseason, exposing the Falcons as a one-man team. Initially expected to be out six to 10 weeks, the third-year quarterback's rehabilitation dragged on for 3 1/2 months.

At one point, there appeared to be a rift between player and coach. Reeves said Vick needed to get back on the field; Vick responded that he wouldn't play until he was fully recovered.

Vick played the final two series in a Nov. 30 loss to Houston, then finally made his first start last weekend. He rushed for 141 yards -- the third-highest total by a quarterback in NFL history -- and finally brought a little hope to a dismal season.

But Reeves won't be around for the rest of it. He leaves with a career record of 201-174-2, including the playoffs.

Phillips has 27 years' experience, including three seasons as head coach for the Buffalo Bills from 1998-2000 and two seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos during the 1993-94 seasons. He also served as interim head coach in New Orleans for the final four games of the 1985 season.

It is anticipated that the selection of a new head coach will be announced after the end of the regular season.

Reeves began his head-coaching career in Denver where he compiled a 117-79-1 record from 1981-92. He led the Broncos to three Super Bowls, four AFC championship games, five AFC West Division titles and eight winning seasons. He was named Coach of the Year in 1984, 1989 and 1991.

In 1993, Reeves was named head coach of the New York Giants. He again was named Coach of the Year after leading the Giants to an 11-5 record and a wild-card playoff victory.

Reeves became the Falcons' head coach in 1997. In his second season with the Falcons, Reeves was named Coach of the Year for the fifth time as he led the Falcons to the NFC West title with a 14-2 record and the club's first Super Bowl appearance.

Reeves leaves the Falcons having become just the seventh coach in NFL history to reach 200 victories. He also was the winningest active coach in the league.

Overall, Reeves has participated in 50 playoff games and nine Super Bowls as player, assistant coach and head coach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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No surprise there. The new ownership wants to put their stamp on the franchise. As great of a coach as Reeves is he is the wrong coach for Vick, IMO. I think the timing is good for Reeves because if he wants to be coaching next year then he has a few weeks to prepare himself for interviews. At this point it doesn't matter if the Falcons win their last couple of games.



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If the ownership had already decided that Reeves was out, I think it's good that he left now. Plus, this gives the assistant a chance to prove himself and maybe even earn the job. Of course, this is most likely a Mike Cubbage situation, where he was a warm body used only to kill time.



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I think Reeves is great coach ... but like evilwaldo said maybe he just wasn't the right guy for the direction that the franchise is heading ...

Wonder who the candidates could be?

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I think it's safe to say Wade Phillips will not be on of the candidates on the table.



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I should have mentioned this earlier but the Falcons need to go after a coach who will be creative on the offensive side but have Vick tune it down a bit. McNabb has become a better quarterback because he learned to throw from the pocket and not run all the time. It keeps teams off balance because someone has to carry the role of shadowing the quarterback rather than dropping back into coverage. You can design plays to have him roll out or stay in the pocket.

While it is nice to see Vick taking off downfield you have to worry about his long term health if he doesn't learn to run out of bounds or slide. He needs to understand that he is more valuable to the team on the field than off.

Add a couple of guys on defense with another WR and this could be a playoff team.



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After reading this news, I was extremely pleased.

I don't know how many people realize it, but Reeves was the head personnel man until about a year or two ago. Reeves playing the GM has only one shining jewel for his accomplishments (trading up to get Vick), but he has many, many blunders, especially when it comes to the draft:

Ravens fans should thank him for trading away his #1 draft pick for a #3. The Ravens drafted Jamal Lewis and their offense (their defense was already a threat) was now good enough to win a Super Bowl, Reeves drafted Reggie Kelly, who isn't even an all-pro.

Drafting T.J. Duckett when Warrick Dunn was already joined the team. This was after Jamal Anderson blew out his other knee the year before. While it's always nice to have depth, I don't believe that the Falcons should used their #1 pick and valuable salary cap money to add RB depth.

Reeves the coach was okay, but had the shortcoming of hardly ever adjusting to how the opponent plays. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to fully delegate the offensive responsibilities to someone else like he has for defense and special teams.
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So, does this mean the Deion Era will start next year?

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    Originally posted by Grimis
    I think it's safe to say Wade Phillips will not be on of the candidates on the table.


He failed in Denver as Dan's replacement too......





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    Originally posted by evilwaldo
    I should have mentioned this earlier but the Falcons need to go after a coach who will be creative on the offensive side but have Vick tune it down a bit. McNabb has become a better quarterback because he learned to throw from the pocket and not run all the time. It keeps teams off balance because someone has to carry the role of shadowing the quarterback rather than dropping back into coverage. You can design plays to have him roll out or stay in the pocket.

    While it is nice to see Vick taking off downfield you have to worry about his long term health if he doesn't learn to run out of bounds or slide. He needs to understand that he is more valuable to the team on the field than off.

    Add a couple of guys on defense with another WR and this could be a playoff team.



Well you have to remember Vick is still a young player, and he has less than 20 starts to his career. He'll grow out of the running, especially with that Howitzer thats hanging from his shoulder. And they ARE a playoff team. They went into Green Bay last year and won. NOBODY had ever done that.

And that why I think Reeves got screwed. Now Im thinking that Vick may have milked the injury a little at the request of the owner. Vick probably could have played a few weeks ago when the season was savable but then Blank couldnt can Reeves if they made it to respectability. But hey he wants a new guy and Im not going to hate him for that, but they couldnt been a little better about it.


AND Wade Phillips probably has about as much chance as I do of coaching the Falcons next year. Hell, Deion Sanders has a better shot. And seeing as how its Atlanta I would be very shocked if they didnt hire a Black head coach. Dennis Green or maybe Lovie Smith from St Louis.
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    Originally posted by rockdotcom_2.0
    They went into Green Bay last year and won. NOBODY had ever done that.


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    Originally posted by rockdotcom_2.0
    And seeing as how its Atlanta I would be very shocked if they didnt hire a Black head coach. Dennis Green or maybe Lovie Smith from St Louis.


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Arthur Blank's on the diversification committee, so I wouldn't be surprised if they wind up with a Black head coach. I was down in Atlanta over Thanksgiving, and I heard Dennis Green's name come up a bunch. I've also heard the usual college suspects (Bob Stoops, Nick Saban) but I really don't think they're going anywhere.

Knowing Arthur Blank's style, I can't see him NOT hiring a name coach that will bring back the oh-so-fickle Falcons fans. Hey-here's a out of left field prediction-how about Ty Willingham?




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