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January 25, 2015 at 1:17 PM

More reports on Atlanta’s imminent hiring of Dan Quinn — will Kris Richard take over as DC?

It’s been expected for a while now that Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be named the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons once the season ends.

Today have come some reports that it will happen definitively on Feb. 2, the Monday after the end of Seattle’s season.

As noted here a few days ago, Quinn had a second interview this week with Atlanta that his agent, Rick Smith, told the Times “went well.”

Quinn declined to comment on his situation when he met with Seattle reporters Thursday saying only he was focused on the Super Bowl and channeling his inner Marshawn Lynch by smiling and saying “thanks for asking.”

But these are obviously the last few days for Quinn as Seattle’s DC.

What may also not be much of a question is who takes over for Quinn.

There has been increasing speculation that Kris Richard will take over for Quinn, having recently gotten a pretty vocal push from Seattle CB Richard Sherman.

Pro Football Talk reported over the weekend that Richard is likely to either follow Quinn to Atlanta as DC, or stay in Seattle and be promoted to DC.

However, this report today from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris is expected to join Atlanta in a hybrid assistant/defensive coordinator role.

If so, that would seem to eliminate Richard as consideration there and might assure that the says in Seattle.

Richard would obviously still be around to help with the secondary. And recall that prior to the 2013 season Seattle promoted Rocky Seto to defensive passing game coordinator, so the secondary would still be well-served.

Richard talked to reporters this week and said his ultimate goal is to be a head coach and indicated he feels he’s ready to begin further climbing the coaching ladder.

 

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