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Report: ‘Keep on eye on’ Ravens DC Mike Macdonald as Seahawks head coach candidate

No formal interview requests have been made.

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The Seattle Seahawks are looking for a new head coach, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has a new name that Seattle could target.

We already know Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s name has surfaced because this was already known the minute that Pete Carroll lost his job, but we’ll focus in on Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald.

“I want to give you a couple candidates for Seattle, who has not yet put in requests, to keep an eye on,” Rapoport said.

“Dan Quinn, who helped build that culture in Seattle, which is so important with the Seahawks, is certainly someone to watch. One of the top candidates would potentially come back to Seattle, though they are going to have some competition there. And then Mike Macdonald, the young, impressive Ravens defensive coordinator, is getting a lot of looks around the league. He does not have a ton of experience, but really sharp, and someone offensive coordinators hate to go against.”

Macdonald has already completed an interview with the Atlanta Falcons for their vacant head coaching job, and like Quinn, Mike will be in hot demand across the NFL.

Jack Patera, the first coach in franchise history, is the only head coach the Seahawks have ever hired without any prior head coaching experience either in college or in the NFL. If Macdonald is the one, then that would break from what’s a pretty longstanding tradition spanning multiple ownerships and general managers.

Of course, it’s early days and I’d expect more names to surface in the days to come.

Keep in mind that the Seahawks (and other teams) cannot formally interview Quinn until after the Wild Card weekend ends, whereas Macdonald has already interviewed for the Falcons gig because Baltimore has a first-round bye.