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Todd Bowles getting 2nd round of interviews with Falcons, Jets; Bears want another, too

Things heating up for the AZ DC.

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It appears the Arizona Cardinals are one step closer to losing defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to a another team. Bowles has second interviews lined up with two teams needing to fill their head coaching vacancies and another wants to speak with him for a second time.

An ESPN report stated both the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets have scheduled a second interview with Bowles. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported further the Falcons will have that second interview on Wednesday. The team will also interview Lions DC Teryl Austin a second time as well.

Later on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times had a report stating the Chicago Bears also want to bring in Bowles for a second time. Bowles met last Thursday with the Bears, including newly hired general manager Ryan Pace.

With Atlanta scheduled first, the other teams might not get a chance. Bowles now seems to be the favorite to land the Falcons job.

Should the Cardinals lose Bowles, they would need to replace him. There is some speculation Dick LeBeau, who just resigned from his job as DC for the Steelerswould be high on that list. Current linebackers coach Mike Caldwell's name has come up, too, as a possible in-house replacement. Of course, Mike Jurecki reported Caldwell could leave with Bowles and be defensive coordinator on Bowles' staff, should a team make a move for him.