Falcons' coach search could become waiting game for Quinn

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons' coach search could become a waiting game if their top candidate is Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The Falcons may be positioned to target Quinn - if they have enough patience.

Atlanta already has conducted its first interview with Quinn. The Seahawks will play Green Bay in Sunday's NFC championship game.

If Seattle beats Green Bay, Quinn may not be available for a second interview until after the Feb. 1 Super Bowl. NFL rules allow teams to conduct follow-up interviews in the bye week following conference championship games. Seattle could deny permission for the second interview until after the Super Bowl.

Atlanta was expected to have its second meeting with Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Thursday.

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