Falcons to conduct second interview with Dan Quinn on Monday

AP

For most of the day on Sunday, it looked like the Falcons would be able to hire Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Monday.  Ultimately, Seattle won.  Which means the Falcons must still wait.

But they’ll interview Quinn in Seattle again on Monday.  Because the Falcons interviewed Quinn during the wild-card bye week, the rules allow them to interview Quinn a second time.

The rule don’t allow the Falcons to offer the job to Quinn until after the Super Bowl, but plenty of winking and nodding will surely happen during that interview.  Then again, perhaps it already has.

Why else would the Falcons be hiring offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan before hiring a head coach?  Unless the Falcons under Arthur Blank have morphed into the Raiders under Al Davis, Atlanta knows who Shanahan will be working for.  He’ll be working for Quinn.

While not a violation of the letter of the rules, it’s a violation of the spirit of the rules.  Committed by a team whose CEO, Rich McKay, chairs the NFL’s Competition Committee.  Which isn’t a great look for the Falcons, the NFL, or McKay.

18 responses to “Falcons to conduct second interview with Dan Quinn on Monday

  1. Great look? Who cares!! Not a great look that the refs are blowing these playoffs games either. They can hire who they want.

  2. The spirit of a rule is meaningless. The letter of the rule is all that matters in this instance and suggesting otherwise is an attempt to stir up controversy.

  3. It’s barely a violation of a ridiculous rule in the first place. Either any coach can be interviewed and offered the job or no coach can.

  4. If the NFL wanted to stop it they very easily could. But given that this happens all of the time not sure why anyone should be worried about it.

  5. “Unless the Falcons under Arthur Blank have morphed into the Raiders under Al Davis, Atlanta knows who Shanahan will be working for.”

    What, you haven’t seen it? The rest of the world has. Blank is morphing into a gross combo of Al Davis, Jerrah Jones, Dan Snyder and Woody Johnson. Blank wants someone who will tell him what an awesome owner he is and let him float up and down the sideline all game. If he can actually coach players to game victories, well, that’s just a bonus.

  6. Fine them and take away draft picks. Clearly a violation and very “Patriot-esque” in the lack of integrity being displayed to cheat any any cost.

  7. IMHO. Good rule. A wink and a nod is not solid in any corporate America business anyway. The rule keeps some integrity, as in any other business.

  8. Good grief . He is a SB coordinator . He shouldn’t be punished for his success . A wink and a nod is just fine in this instance .

  9. What upsets me is this is being ignored because it is something that NFL management does. Since it is management, it is no big deal. You know, kind of like Jim Irsay and his DWI ans prescription pills or Jerry Jones and his “female companions” who he pays for their time.

    BUT rules pertaining to the players must be enforced to the strictest letter of the law, so says the NFL and their plantation owner mentality. Marshawn Lynch and his fines for not doing interviews and threatening to eject him from the game (which was later changed to not letting him in the game with gold shoes) is the latest example.

    While this is ridiculous, there is even a worse example. Many years ago, Colts legendary ab Johnny Unitas passed away and Peyton Manning officially requested to wear Unitas’ signature black high top cleats for a week. ANd HE WAS DENIed permission!

    The NFL – one set of rules for the plantation owners and another set for the plantation workers.

  10. Good for Quinn. I thought he was going to the Jets. Will be interesting to see how these moves play out.

  11. If the Shanahan hire is based on Quinn being the coach, what is the second interview for? If it falls apart now then the next head coach will be stuck with a Shanny.

  12. The rule was meant to protect the Seahawks here. The Hawks do not care. Nothing to see here. Call it a waiver.

  13. Quinn replaced Bradley who be HC in Jacksonville after being DC in Seattle. It could be said Bradley made the Jags worst not better

  14. While not a violation of the letter of the rules, it’s a violation of the spirit of the rules. #PROVEIT.

    Also, since this deal is all but done, the 2nd interview isn’t really a 2nd interview at all. Falcons probably want to know who he wants as his DC and other position coaching preferences. The FO can help him do his job for the next 2 weeks til he is on staff. And as bad as our defense was this year, it’s a big job! #RISEUP!

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