Falcons, Dan Quinn reach a deal

The Atlanta Falcons' pending hire of Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as head coach on a five-year contract is complete, according to ESPN.

Quinn is expected to be introduced Tuesday.

Under NFL rules, an official deal couldn't be reached until after the Seahawks were done playing. The Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots.

Quinn declined to discuss his status after the game.

"In respect to this game, what a terrific game we were all a part of," Quinn said. "So for tonight I'd like to make the focus all about our players, both teams'. It was a great contest. You could see how hard guys played. As a coach, that's really what you're looking for, great effort first. You see the guys in the locker room, they gave everything they had. You can't ask for more than that as a coach."

Quinn will be joined in Atlanta by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and assistant head coach Raheem Morris.

"It really wasn't a time for that," Quinn said when asked about the job change and if he discussed it with his players. "It was more how do we come to grips with this. It was such a hard time at the end. Just my respect for so many of these players is so high and we're so connected. I really feel for them. They put everything they had into this."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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