By Knox Bardeen

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, during his Monday press conference, announced that the team had decided to allow assistant coaches to interview with other teams during Atlanta bye week.

Around the NFL, some teams allow their current assistants to interview for better jobs with other franchises during the bye week if they’re in the playoffs. Since Atlanta’s practice schedule will be shortened this week — the Falcons will practice Wednesday and Thursday, but be off Friday with no travel or game on Saturday or Sunday — that gives other teams, who must formally request the interview through team channels, time to come to town and sit with candidates.

“I won’t get into any specifics out of respect to other teams,” said Quinn. “That’s their news, not ours. I’ve been through this process before and that’s the same comment I had then. It is the perfect opportunity and the perfect window for those opportunities.

“Our coaches will have some time at the end of the week that they would be off. It’s be during that time when it it happens.”

Quinn said he wasn’t going to reveal any teams or coaches, but news like that doesn’t stay quiet for long.

As you can see, the Rams and Jaguars have made requests to speak with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The Broncos have, as well.

The Falcons’ offense had a stellar 2016 season and Shanahan will likely be in high demand. Expect more teams to come calling.

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