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Sorry if this is a repost, just got off of work. Very good read on Quinn.

http://jeffschultz.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/14/quinn-was-tabbed-as-next-great-coach-but-can-falcons-get-him/

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Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn could be Falcons’ next head coach. (AP photo)

The Falcons didn’t hire Rex Ryan (who went to Buffalo but preferred the Falcons’ job) or Todd Bowles (who went to New York Jets and was never offered the Falcons’ job).

I understand the level of panic that exists in a perpetually damaged fan base. But here’s a reality check, people: The Falcons haven’t been turned down by any coach, yet, because they haven’t offered the job to any coach, yet.

As I stated in a blog Tuesday night, after Bowles agreed to a deal with the Jets, this coaching search has the potential to set up nicely for the Falcons. They can meet for a second time with Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, their apparent preferred candidate, after Sunday’s NFC title game. There’s also nothing precluding them from speaking to Quinn’s agent now and working out the parameters of a deal, even if Quinn can’t sign with the Falcons until after the Seahawks’ season is over (as early as Sunday, as late as after the Super Bowl).

If the objective for a team is to get its No. 1 candidate, nothing has been lost.

Of the other coaching openings, former Denver coach John Fox could be headed to Chicago, Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to Oakland, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase to San Francisco and Baltimore offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to the Broncos.

If the Broncos don’t get Kubiak or keep Gase, they become players for Quinn. I don’t believe the 49ers will target Quinn because they seemingly are leaning toward an offensive minded coach to work with quarterback Colin Kaepenick. If the Fox and/or Del Rio hires fall through, Quinn also becomes a potential candidate there, but the Falcons are clearly a better job than either Chicago or Oakland.

UPDATES:
The 49ers made a surprise hire, elevating defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach as Jim Harbaugh’s replacement. Oakland hired Del Rio as expected. So that leaves three vacancies: The Falcons, Denver and Chicago.

If the Falcons get Quinn, all is good (assuming you believe in Quinn). If they don’t get Quinn, then there could be problems. The job would fall to Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels or another candidate.

On the chance it’s Quinn, I went back and read a Sports Illustrated story from August about the coach.

The headline on the story, written by Robert Klemko was: “The Next Great Coach.”

Immediately below the headline: “He’s obsessive in the film room, and his defense embarrassed Peyton Manning on the game’s biggest stage. But what really has Seattle coordinator Dan Quinn on the fast track is the trusting relationships he builds with players.”

Here are a few excerpts:

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“… Quinn had been on the job less than two months when he got on the phone with Michael Bennett, then a free agent in Tampa Bay and a former Quinn pupil. It was March 2013, and the Seahawks had signed former Lions defensive end Cliff Avril less than a day before. With so many accomplished pass rushers on the Seattle roster, Bennett was skeptical. Quinn was emphatic. ‘He convinced me he would use me to the best of my abilities. I trusted that.’ Bennett signed on for one year, and Quinn delivered. He moved (him) from end to tackle in nickel packages, and a year later the Seahawks rewarded his 8.5-sack season with a $28.5 million commitment. ‘He’s not married to a scheme; he wants you to grow,’ Bennett says of Quinn. …”

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“… For Quinn to become the
Next Big Thing
in coaching, his defense had to leave no doubt in Super Bowl XLVIII against Peyton Manning. In Quinn’s mind, that meant watching two years’ worth of Manning snaps in the week after the NFC Championship Game. That’s every snap Manning had yet taken for the Denver Broncos, watched, re-watched and mentally catalogued; 1,479 throws, 967 handoffs, 131 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and more audibles than there are minutes in a day. Says a close friend of Quinn’s, ‘He’s definitely an obsessive.’ …”

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“… (Cleveland) interviewed him once following the (2013) season, and he planned to turn down a second interview request until after the playoffs. Before the Seahawks won it all, Cleveland inked Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who led a 20th-ranked defense which broke the franchise record for sacks (57) in a 6-10 season. The Vikings brought Quinn in as a finalist and passed in favor of longtime Bengals coordinator Mike Zimmer. Pete Carroll was frustrated for Quinn, yet relieved for the Seahawks. … Quinn, on the coaching fast track, hasn’t spent longer than two seasons in a city since 2004. ‘It was a coup to get him back last year, much less this year,’ Carroll says. ‘But I don’t want to look at it that way. I want to help Dan get whatever job he wants because he’s a great coach.’ …”

Some lofty praise. Now the Falcons just need to sign him.

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This article makes no sense in light of all the other posts. I mean...Atlanta's front office is a mess, and the rest of the league is amused by our bumbling.

This article points out what I have felt all along. Blank really wants Quinn and chose not to settle for his 2nd or 3rd choice in a panic over what might happen if he doesn't get him. Blank has held all the cards from the start. Coaching hires started a week and a half later this year than last year because all the candidates were waiting to hear back from Atlanta before accepting other jobs. According to reports, Bowles agent contacted the Falcons directly to see if an offer would come before signing on the dotted line with the Jets.

The first sentence says it all though, the panic on the boards is understandable given the whole history of the Falcons whole history.

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This article makes no sense in light of all the other posts. I mean...Atlanta's front office is a mess, and the rest of the league is amused by our bumbling.

This article points out what I have felt all along. Blank really wants Quinn and chose not to settle for his 2nd or 3rd choice in a panic over what might happen if he doesn't get him. Blank has held all the cards from the start. Coaching hires started a week and a half later this year than last year because all the candidates were waiting to hear back from Atlanta before accepting other jobs. According to reports, Bowles agent contacted the Falcons directly to see if an offer would come before signing on the dotted line with the Jets.

The first sentence says it all though, the panic on the boards is understandable given the whole history of the Falcons whole history.

I agree. Way too many people think the sky is falling because what they thought (based on what the media guessed) was going to happen didn't, and that must mean the Falcons are doing something wrong...when in reality they may be doing everything right.

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The AJC penned so many hit pieces a week ago that they now need to clean up because Blank is in the process of outsmarting everyone if indeed Blank has been working with Quinn's agent on a contract that will get signed as soon as legally possible.

The AJC is nothing more than over priced kennel and cage paper. smile.png

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The AJC penned so many hit pieces a week ago that they now need to clean up because Blank is in the process of outsmarting everyone if indeed Blank has been working with Quinn's agent on a contract that will get signed as soon as legally possible.

Seriously. Schultz was one talking about how we blew it. Now it was the plan all along.

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@JasonLaCanfora: If John Fox gets Bears job I'd very much expect Dennis Allen and Kyle Shanahan to be his coordinators. Sounds like a strong package to me

Thought Quinn wanted to bring Shanahan here? I would've loved that pairing

Exactly! No one knows who we plan on bringing in or what coordinators are coming with.

It's all rumors and we can't take anything as truth until people are officially named by AB and the Atlanta Falcons.

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