Source: Falcons expect to tab Quinn

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to be named the Atlanta Falcons' next head coach, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Falcons will conduct a second interview with Quinn on Monday, according to a source familiar with Quinn's schedule.

The interview will take place in Seattle, the source said. It will come a day after the Seahawks' 28-22 come-from-behind, overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. No hiring can be announced until after the Super Bowl (Feb. 1).

Schefter reports that though the Falcons have yet to hire a head coach, the team will hire Kyle Shanahan, most recently of the Cleveland Browns, as offensive coordinator. According to Schefter, Shanahan would be a part of package deal with Quinn.

Shanahan, 35, asked the Browns for his release in early January. He served as offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2010 to 2013.

Once officially hired, Shanahan would inherit a rather explosive offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan and Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones. The Falcons finished this past season ranked fifth in passing yards per game (284.6 YPG) and eighth in total yards per game (378.2 YPG.).

Quinn emerged as the Falcons' lead candidate following the first round of interviews. The Falcons also were impressed with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who had a second interview this past Thursday.

Austin left town without a contract, and his camp came away knowing Quinn was the Falcons' leading candidate.

Another strong candidate, Todd Bowles, agreed to become the New York Jets new coach before having a second interview with the Falcons.

The NFL's anti-tampering policy states the following: No contract shall be executed, and no agreement to execute a contract or an announcement of a contract or of an agreement for employment, shall be permitted until after the conclusion of the employer club's playing season.

Quinn, 44, reportedly made it known he wants the Falcons job, according to NBC 4 in Washington, D.C.

He would be a first-time head coach who started his coaching career in 1994 as the defensive line coach at William & Mary. Quinn has been the Seahawks' defensive coordinator for the last two seasons.

The Falcons started their coaching search immediately after firing Mike Smith following a dismal 6-10 season. Smith failed to make the playoffs in his final two seasons with the club.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank will make the final decision on the coach, taking into consideration input from others on the search committee including team president Rich McKay, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager Scott Pioli and team executive Kim Shreckengost. The Falcons hired the search firm Korn Ferry to assist in the process.