Report: 49ers, Jets, Falcons eyeing Dan Quinn

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn may be emerging as the most popular candidates to fill one of several head coach vacancies opening all around the NFL. Three clubs have reportedly already filed official requests to interview him. Don't be surprised if Quinn is just the first of Seattle's coaches and front office personnel interviewed by other teams.

The first of what is sure to be several interview requests for coaches and front office executives alike has arrived with the Seahawks, according to a report from NFL.com.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn "is expected to hear from the Falcons, Jets and 49ers. All slated to put in official requests, I'm told" Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday morning. The report was quickly confirmed by others, including CBSSports.com' Jason La Canfora.

Though Pete Carroll's principles certainly laid the foundation for the Seahawks' No. 1-rated defense, Quinn deserves a great deal of credit. Quinn has many of the qualities that teams are looking for in a head coach. He's bright, enthusiastic and has done a great job of finding roles for players that maximize their strengths.

Quinn interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for their head coaching position about this time a year ago. The Browns ultimately went with former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, though Cleveland CEO Joe Banner admitted that not interviewing Quinn a second time was the "toughest decision" of the club's search for their next coach.

The Falcons and Jets fired Mike Smith and Rex Ryan, respectively, on Monday. The 49ers announced yesterday that Jim Harbaugh would be leaving the team. Atlanta would seem like a natural fit. The Falcons already boast plenty of firepower on offense, including a relatively young Pro Bowl quarterback in Matt Ryan. There is some talent on defense, including at cornerback with former UW star Desmond Trufant but the Falcons haven't been able to shed a reputation as being soft.

Quinn was the hot name on "Black Monday" but offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable are each also deserving of consideration for head coaching positions. The Seahawks' talented front office and scouting department could also generate interest from the league's other 31 teams. Pro personnel director Trent Kirchner was listed by La Canfora as a possible GM candidate. College scouting director Scott Fitterer could also attract attention, as could former Seahawk (and 49er) Scot McCloughan.

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