As one of the best head coaching candidates still available, Seahawks DC Dan Quinn has had to turn down interviews due to the team’s success.
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The Atlanta Falcons are poised to hire Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, but must wait for the outcome of the NFC Championship game.
If the Packers upset the Seahawks on Sunday, Quinn will likely be offered the job by the middle of the week. But even if the Seahawks win – preventing the Falcons from hiring him before the Superbowl – the Falcons will be allowed to interview Quinn for a second time in the looming Super Bowl bye week, an interview that could happen as soon as Monday.
NFL rules prohibit the Falcons from offering the job or Quinn from accepting it until after Seattle’s season ends, but that doesn’t preclude either of them from making strong implications and parting ways with a non-binding agreement that Quinn could act on after the Superbowl.
Under Quinn, the Seahawks have finished with the best defense in the NFL for two straight years, and are in their third straight NFC Championship game.
Initially the New York Jets emerged as a strong contender for Quinn, but ultimately the team decided they could not afford to wait for a second interview with Quinn when Arizona Cardinals DC Todd Bowles was prepared to seek other offers. The Jets hired Bowles on Tuesday, January 13th.