Ryan Mayer

The Atlanta Falcons have one of the best offenses in the NFL this season. They are the top scoring offense, averaging 33.5 points per game and rank in the Top 10 in total yards, passing yards and rushing yards. Quarterback Matt Ryan has emerged as an MVP candidate as he’s had one of the best statistical seasons of his career completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 4,336 yards 32 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

Some of the credit for the unit’s success has to be given to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who has devised the game plan that has led to this offense’s prolific production despite missing key players at different times this season. The Falcons and Shanahan’s performance has reportedly caught the eye of the Jaguars front office as they search for a new head coach following the firing of Gus Bradley this weekend.

The Jaguars have questions about their quarterback Blake Bortles after he has regressed badly this season. Considering Shanahan’s work with Ryan in Atlanta, it’s no surprise that he would be among the candidates that the Jaguars would consider to bring in and try to help Bortles. However, as Cole notes, Shanahan is likely to be in the running for several open jobs this year. Shanahan wouldn’t be available to interview for any jobs until either the Falcons season is over or if the team gives permission to other teams to interview him should Atlanta make the playoffs.