Falcons Close to Naming Quinn as Head Coach
It looks like the Atlanta Falcons are moving closer to finally naming their new head coach.
Sources close to the Falcons and the NFL report that team officials are in Seattle to not only watch the NFC Championship Game between Seattle and Green Bay, but to also interview Dan Quinn, the Seahawks defensive coordinator, for a second time.
A story on ESPN.com claims the Falcons will conduct a second interview with Quinn on Monday, but they cannot introduce him as their head coach, should they offer him the job.
Quinn emerged as the Falcons' lead candidate following the first round of interviews. The Falcons also were impressed with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who had a second interview this past Thursday.
Austin left town without a contract, and his camp came away knowing Quinn was the Falcons' leading candidate.
Another strong candidate, Todd Bowles, agreed to become the New York Jets new coach before having a second interview with the Falcons.
Since the Seahawks are Super Bowl-bound, the Falcons will have to wait until after Feb. 1 if they want to introduce Quinn as their next coach. The NFL's anti-tampering policy states the following: No contract shall be executed, and no agreement to execute a contract or an announcement of a contract or of an agreement for employment, shall be permitted until after the conclusion of the employer club's playing season.
Quinn, 44, reportedly made it known he wants the Falcons job, according to NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. Had the Seahawks lost the championship game at home, Atlanta could have introduced him as their new leader. Atlanta has said all along, through sources and several publications, that they were willing to wait for Quinn and Seahawks to finish their season.
Vaughn McClure, who covers the Falcons for ESPN.com, wrote that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will make the final decision on the coach, taking into consideration input from others on the search committee including team president Rich McKay, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager Scott Pioli and team executive Kim Shreckengost.
The Falcons hired the search firm Korn Ferry to assist in the process.