Dirk Koetter isn’t the only Atlanta Falcons coordinator interviewing for head coaching gigs, and Alex Marvez is also reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears will be interviewing Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong for the head coaching positions. Some are speculating that this is to satisfy the Rooney Rule, because most teams do not hire special teams coaches (no matter how good they are) for head coaching gigs. That’s especially true for teams like the Chiefs that are in a dire need of a big-name or innovative head coach.
Armstrong has plenty of experience in special teams as an ST coordinator for around 15 seasons, and he first broke into the scene with that gig while with the Chicago Bears from 1997-2000. He’ll be a familiar face for the Bears organization in the interview, and maybe even longer if he is a viable candidate for that gig. I couldn’t see him being the new head coach for either team, but there is a greater possibility that he ends up being hired by the Chicago Bears. The main thing here is that you rarely see special teams gurus get hired to HC gigs, beyond speculative interest by that team. So that’s likely what it is at this point.
The cynical thought here is that the Chiefs and Bears merely want to satisfy the Rooney Rule, but it is certainly possible that one of those two teams wants to hire him. Again, that’s more likely for Chicago than Kansas City given the differing situation that both franchises are in after firing their head coaches today.
Anderon first joined the Falcons in 2008 and was brought along with Mike Smith. He is one of the best special teams coordinators in the NFL.
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