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January 20, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Dan Quinn takes another step toward becoming Atlanta’s head coach

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn took one more step Tuesday toward becoming the next head of the Atlanta Falcons, holding his second interview with the team.

Quinn’s agent, Rick Smith, told the Times that the interview “went well.’’

Quinn, in his second season as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, has been regarded as the front-runner for the job for a week or so.

He had an interview with the Falcons the week after the season ended. The past two weeks, with Seattle preparing for playoff games, he could not be interviewed, per NFL rules. He can also not be hired until Seattle’s season is done.

But with Seattle in something of a bye week this week with the Super Bowl not until Feb. 1, NFL rules held that he could be interviewed for a second time.

Reports out of Atlanta continue to portray Quinn as pretty much a slam dunk for the job.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll on Monday said Quinn’s dealings with the Falcons “won’t be a distraction. There will be questions and stuff like that, but we have such a big mission that we are on and Dan wants nothing more than doing exactly right for what we have to do these next couple of days and the next week. He has no intention other than that, and he is dead solid on that, and that’s what we will get.’’

Quinn first came to Seattle in 2009 as assistant head coach and defensive line coach under Jim Mora and then stayed on as defensive line coach under Carroll.

He left to serve as defensive coordinator at the University of Florida in 2011-12 before returning to Seattle in 2013 when Gus Bradley became the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

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