It appears the Atlanta Falcons are willing to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire their head man.
Dan Quinn had his second interview with Atlanta yesterday, and it sure looks like the Seahawks' defensive coordinator will be named the next coach of the Falcons after Seattle plays New England in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl.
Rick Smith, Quinn's agent, told The Associated Press Tuesday the second interview "went very well" and that there's "definitely mutual interest."
Quinn and Seahawks head man Pete Carroll have both said this will not distract the architect of the league's top defense from job one over these next 11 days, facing Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense.
The Falcons have the only head-coaching vacancy left in the league. Per the NFL's hiring rules during the postseason, Atlanta can't hire or even offer the job to Quinn until after the Seahawks' season is over.
--The Seahawks return to the practice field today in Renton after Tuesday's day off. They practice Thursday and Friday here, then fly to Phoenix for an arrival in Phoenix Sunday afternoon. Coach Pete Carroll and six players have a media availability around 3 p.m. Mountain Time at their team hotel south of downtown. I'll be there for that.
Carroll said Monday the game plan for the Super Bowl will be in before the team leaves for Arizona. That means next week will be a repeat, practice-wise, of this week for the players. That's the way Carroll did it for the Seahawks last year in the two weeks before the Super Bowl, and how it did his bowl preparations when he was USC's coach before arriving to lead Seattle.
--The Patriots are scheduled to arrive in Arizona late Monday afternoon.
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