Seahawks, Broncos coaches linked to Atlanta Falcons


Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank isn’t waiting for anyone to overhaul his coaching staff–or at least find a replacement for the recently fired Mike Smith.

Just hours after Smith’s release was announced, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that the Falcons are showing interest in Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Everything is obviously extremely early at this point, but it’s good to see that the Falcons are showing interest in some of the bigger names out there.

The past two seasons, Quinn has led Seattle to the No. 1 defense in the NFL, which included a ridiculous defensive effort in last year’s Super Bowl as the Seahawks shut down Peyton Manning and the Broncos in a 43-8 blowout.

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Quinn is obviously thought of as one of the brightest defensive minds in the game, and having a coach of that caliber in Atlanta would certainly be nice given the Falcons… struggles… in that area.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Gase, Denver’s offensive coordinator and a name that has been a hot topic for several offseasons now. Last year, the Cleveland Browns came calling with a head coaching offer for Gase, but he said no and returned to his OC responsibilities and one of the game’s best quarterbacks.

The San Francisco 49ers are also in on the Gase chase, and both the Falcons and Niners offer NFL-proven, quality quarterbacks, which would seem to make these two jobs more attractive than the Browns job he declined last season.