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A Dan Quinn Timeline: When the Falcons Could Sign the Seahawks Defensive Coordinator

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The Falcons seem to be hanging tight during the coaching search, and not jumping out early to make a Tyson Jackson-like signing. We have seen that before, and it did not work out well. Please avoid it at all costs.

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Whether through use of an advanced talent evaluation firm, days of interviews, research, background checks, due diligence, and analysis, or maybe even just lack of options, it looks like Dan Quinn is the favorite for Atlanta's head coaching position.

A few days ago, the New York Jets were ready to sign Quinn if the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Carolina Panthers. Some have suggested the Jets did not have the cahones courage to wait until after the Super Bowl to get a shot at Quinn, knowing if they lose out on Quinn they would be left with few other quality options.

With the Falcons now likely trying to sign Quinn, what timing are we looking at?

Dan Quinn's Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon starting at 3:05 PM.

Can the Falcons send Quinn a contract by 6:15 or so that evening? It seems unlikely. The Packers are being given only a 30% chance to win as 7.5 point underdogs.

It does not look good for the Falcons to have a new head coach by Monday. If Quinn can do a bit better than the Arizona Cardinals defense did against the Carolina Panthers, he will not be able to officially receive a head coach offer prior to the Super Bowl game.

The Falcons will have to sit tight for awhile.

The Super Bowl is February 1st at 6:30 PM.

Which means, at the very, very best, the Falcons are only halfway through their coach search. And that is if the Falcons can manage to land Quinn right after the Super Bowl, if at all.

Two and a half weeks is a pretty sizable wait for a head coach. If the Falcons are all in on Quinn, they have to hope no other team chances losing out on the top head coach candidates, and coordinator candidates, or else fear losing out on a bidding war between the likes of the Denver Broncos or the Chicago Bears.

Do you think the Falcons should wait until early February to sign a new head coach?