As the Falcons obviously continue to wait for Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to be their new head coach, word continues to leak out about who will be part of Quinn’s coaching staff.
Reports Tuesday have the Falcons retaining defensive line coach Bryan Cox and special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Quinn and Armstrong coached with the Dolphins in 2005 and 2006, while Quinn worked with Cox in New York with the Jets in 2007 and 2008.
It was obvious Armstrong was in Atlanta’s plans when the Falcons blocked a chance for him to interview with new head coach Todd Bowles with the Jets. Armstrong was the only member of Mike Smith’s coaching staff that interviewed to be Smith’s replacement.
Cox was Quinn’s assistant defensive line coach while with the Jets. The Falcons brought Cox in to toughen the defense, which did improve against the run under Cox’s tutelage.
Former Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is expected to have the same job on Quinn's staff. Shanahan resigned from Cleveland after the season.
This news continues to show that Quinn is in line for the job. The Falcons cannot offer nor announce Quinn as the new head coach until after his Seahawks play in the Super Bowl next Sunday. Quinn was interviewed for a second time on Monday.
If Quinn was not the choice, the Falcons could have announced a different head coach as the selection on Tuesday. But since no announcement has been made, it make it even more clear Quinn will get the job.
Rumors have circulated in the south that Quinn might seek former Florida head coach and current Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to be his defensive coordinator. Quinn was Muschamp’s defensive coordinator for two years in Gainesville with the Gators.
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