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Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has taken his name out of the running for the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos, the team with which he was reportedly set to interview today.

Now, it appears Austin will either be the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons or return to the Lions next season.

ESPN first reported that Austin was no longer a candidate, but it's unclear why he didn't want to interview in Denver.

Austin, though, won't hear from the Falcons until next week as they wait for an opportunity to have a second interview with Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks who is reportedly the frontrunner for the opening. Quinn cannot interview again until the Seahawks are eliminated from the postseason.

All indications are that Austin impressed during both interviews in Atlanta, but the Falcons are taking their time before making an offer. They also lost out on candidates Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles, who accepted jobs with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, respectively.

Austin, who led the No. 2-ranked Lions defense in his first year in Detroit, interviewed for the Bills, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. The Bears are reported close to hiring John Fox, and the 49ers hired Jim Tomsula.

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