Rumors that new Auburn defensive coordinator and former Florida head coach Will Muschamp would join the Atlanta Falcons as defensive coordinator under probable head coach Dan Quinn are "very unlikely," despite interest from Quinn, according to multiple sources.
Quinn, currently the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, is expected to be named the next head coach of the Falcons once Seattle’s season concludes following next week’s Super Bowl.
ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson reported earlier Thursday that Muschamp would "100 percent" not be going to Atlanta.
Quinn and Muschamp first worked together as part of Nick Saban’s Miami Dolphins staff in 2005, when Quinn was the defensive line coach and Muschamp the defensive coordinator. Quinn left his position as Seahawks defensive line coach after 2010 to work as defensive coordinator under Muschamp at Florida before returning to Seattle for the same position in 2013.
The Muschamp-to-Atlanta rumor gained traction when Seattle came from behind to defeat Green Bay in the NFC Championship last week, meaning the Falcons couldn’t officially name Quinn their head coach -- and in turn Quinn couldn’t announce staff hires -- until after the Super Bowl, per league tampering rules.
Because of that delay, Muschamp would’ve likely been able to finish out Auburn’s recruiting cycle through National Signing Day on Feb. 4, just days after the Super Bowl. But according to one source, Muschamp would be concerned with disrupting current recruiting relationships by promising players he’ll stay at Auburn and then taking the Falcons job so close to Signing Day.
"Will’s goal is to become a head coach at the college level again, specifically in the SEC," the source said.
One source indicated that Quinn is also considering current Auburn defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson for an unspecified position. Robinson worked with both Muschamp and Quinn at Florida.