The Atlanta Falcons are destined to conduct a second interview with lead head-coaching candidate Dan Quinn, but the interview won't take place until after the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator gets through this weekend's NFC Championship Game.
A source close to the situation said no second interview with the Falcons has been scheduled just yet, but the interview could take place as early as Monday in Seattle. The Falcons would have a window from Monday until Jan. 25 to meet with Quinn if the Seahawks defeat the Green Bay Packers Sunday and advance to the Super Bowl. But Quinn would be prohibited from immediately signing a contract with the Falcons until after the Super Bowl concludes Feb. 1.
The NFL's anti-tampering policy states the following: No contract shall be executed, and no agreement to execute a contract or an announcement of a contract or of an agreement for employment, shall be permitted until after the conclusion of the employer club’s playing season.
None of this would be a factor if the Seahawks lose to the Packers. In fact, Quinn would be free to meet with teams seeking first interviews as well, such as the Denver Broncos.
Quinn emerged as the Falcons' leading candidate following the first round of interviews, with Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin right behind. Bowles was named the New York Jets' head coach, while Austin had a second interview with the Falcons Thursday.
All indications are Austin left town without a contract offer, although it does not mean he is out of the mix. He has an interview scheduled with the Broncos Friday.
Both Quinn and Austin would welcome Adam Gase as offensive coordinator in Atlanta. But Gase, Denver's offensive coordinator this past season, interviewed for the Broncos' head-coaching position Thursday after being a finalist for the same role with the San Francisco 49ers. Gase was a part of the Falcons' initial wave of interviews, but the Falcons reportedly requested to speak with him again about the offensive coordinator role.