Falcons interview with coaching candidate Robert Saleh completed

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh cheers on his team from the sideline during the first half Nov. 1, 2020, against the Seahawks in Seattle. One year ago, Saleh and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy missed out on the coaching carousel despite being coordinators of the two Super Bowl teams. The two figure to be near the top of many of the lists of possible head coaching candidates again this offseason when the NFL is hoping some new rules lead to more opportunities for minority coaches. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

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San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh cheers on his team from the sideline during the first half Nov. 1, 2020, against the Seahawks in Seattle. One year ago, Saleh and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy missed out on the coaching carousel despite being coordinators of the two Super Bowl teams. The two figure to be near the top of many of the lists of possible head coaching candidates again this offseason when the NFL is hoping some new rules lead to more opportunities for minority coaches. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

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San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh completed a virtual interview for the Falcons’ open head coach position Monday, the team announced.

Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy completed his interview earlier in the day.

The Falcons on Friday formally interviewed interim coach Raheem Morris.

The Falcons are seeking to replace Dan Quinn, who was fired Oct. 11 after five-plus seasons. Quinn, one of two coaches to guide the Falcons to the Super Bowl, finished with a 43-42 regular-season record. He was 3-2 in the playoffs, including the 34-28 loss to New England in Super Bowl LI.

With the season completed, teams can hold in-person interviews for head coach and general manager positions with candidates who are not a current NFL team employee or whose team was eliminated from the playoffs.

Virtual interviews for head coach positions may begin with coaches whose teams have a bye in the first week of the playoffs, and may continue through the conclusion of wild-card games Jan. 10.

Virtual interviews for high-level club employees and secondary football executive positions may begin. Once a candidate’s employer team is eliminated from the playoffs, in-person interviews may begin.

Falcons’ 2021 draft position

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2. New York Jets

3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)

4. Falcons

5. Cincinnati Bengals

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