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The Denver Broncos still have much work to do in their head coaching search, but league sources indicated even prior to the firing of Vic Fangio that the team had serious interest in Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and there is a growing expectation that he will be the candidate to beat for that opening.

The Broncos certainly have competition, as five teams have requested interviews with Quinn, and should the Raiders or Seahawks make a coaching change he would very likely be on the list of candidates there as well. But Denver has long looked like a great fit for the former coach of the Falcons, Broncos general manager George Paton has done a lot of work on him, and it would not surprise many around the league if at least some of the young coaches the Broncos have been interviewing until they could get an audience with Quinn end up as part of his staff in the event he does become their next head coach.

In a hiring cycle in which there have been fewer "sure things," or perceived "sure things" than many other years, Quinn emerging as the head coach somewhere looks increasingly like a certainty. There is also the possibility that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones opts to move on from head coach Mike McCarthy next week should the team fail to win a playoff game, with Quinn held in very high regard by Cowboys ownership for quickly turning around the team's defense.