The Falcons have hired former Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN (via Twitter).
The Falcons still have a head coaching vacancy, and it is unusual for a team to hire a prominent assistant coach before a head coach, but it is believed that Shanahan and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn are a package deal, writes Schefter.
Shanahan had other options, with the Ravens and Broncos both interested in the young coordinator. However, he was expected to go with Quinn, who is presumed to be hired by the Falcons after the Super Bowl, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter).
Shanahan’s offensive reputation is high after the past few seasons. He directed some high scoring offenses with the Texans under head coach Gary Kubiak, before joining his father in Washington and leading Robert Griffin III to the Offensive Rookie of the Year and a playoff berth. Shanahan also brought success to Brian Hoyer and the Browns early in the season, leading them to a surprising 7-4 record before collapsing down the stretch.
While it may seem strange, especially considering the uncertainty that involves waiting for Quinn to become available, the Falcons seem focused on signing Quinn and are content to wait for his season to be over.