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NFL notes: Falcons appears sold on Seahawks DC Dan Quinn


Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s second interview with the Falcons appears to have strengthened his chances of becoming Atlanta’s next coach.

Quinn’s agent, Rick Smith, told the Associated Press that Monday’s interview “went very well.”

“There’s definitely mutual interest,” Smith said Tuesday.

The Falcons can’t offer the job to Quinn until after the Seahawks play New England in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. Atlanta fired coach Mike Smith after a 6-10 season.

Quinn is the second candidate to have a follow-up interview with the Falcons. Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is the other.

Seattle has advanced to the Super Bowl in each of their two seasons with Quinn as defensive coordinator. Quinn’s defense shut down Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win last year’s Super Bowl.

The Seahawks granted permission for Monday’s interview.

“I am pretty wide open and flexible in hoping that it works out, and that it won’t be a distraction,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday.

While the Falcons appear willing to wait two weeks for Quinn, there are reports the team already is building a staff. The Falcons have not confirmed multiple reports the team has an agreement to hire Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator. Shanahan resigned as the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator following the season.

Pro bowlers picked

The first 26 players were drafted by the two Pro Bowl teams, with the remainder from more glamorous positions to be chosen in a televised event tonight.

The players were picked Tuesday after Dallas running back DeMarco Murray and Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden were selected co-captains for Michael Irvin’s team. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown were chosen by Chris Carter as co-captains of his team.

After an introductory news conference, Irvin and Carter drafted players from lower-profile positions – guards, centers, fullbacks, interior defensive linemen, placekickers, punters, special teams players, and return specialists. The rest will be drafted in an event to be televised by the NFL Network tonight.

Last year the NFL scrapped its NFC vs. AFC format and decided to have two big names from the past pick sides.

Because Irvin won a coin toss, he got to select his co-captains first.

But Carter got the first pick in the draft and will have it tonight, too.

Around the league

The Bears hired Vic Fangio as their new defensive coordinator. He spent the last four seasons with the 49ers. … The NFL is taking its extra-point experiment to the Pro Bowl. The league will move the kick back to the 15 and the uprights will be squeezed down from 18.6 feet to 14 feet on Sunday. … The Redskins’ search for a defensive coordinator ended with the hiring of Joe Barry, the linebackers coach for the Chargers. … Jack Del Rio picked Bill Musgrave as the new offensive coordinator at Oakland. That’s even after he fired Musgrave two years into his stint with the Jaguars. Musgrave said he harbors no hard feelings toward Del Rio over his firing 10 years ago. … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said his injured left calf should heal in four to six weeks. … The Ravens moved quickly to replace Gary Kubiak, announcing that they have hired former Bears head coach Marc Trestman as their new offensive coordinator. … Doug Marrone, who resigned as the Bills’ head coach last month and interviewed for several head coaching jobs, has landed with the Jaguars as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Marrone replaces Spokane native and former Washington State standout George Yarno, who left the team last June to begin cancer treatment. … The Browns interviewed former Rams coach Mike Martz for offensive coordinator. He hasn’t coached since 2011. … The Jets hired Chan Gailey as their offensive coordinator.

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