Conventional wisdom suggested Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell took a one-day break from his coaching search to spend time with his family in Atlanta and watch his former team face Seattle in an NFC playoff game.

That is correct. But also incomplete.

Three days before his interview with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Caldwell's process of finding Mike Mularkey's replacement started at the Georgia Dome.

Instead of watching from the press box, Caldwell sat in the suite of Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Instead of watching the Falcons, Caldwell concentrated on Bradley.

And instead of thinking about Atlanta's victory, Caldwell was impressed at how the Seattle defense adjusted to nearly post a second-half shutout.

"I didn't really tell anybody that," he said Friday after Bradley was introduced at an EverBank Field news conference.

What Caldwell did tell everybody was hiring Bradley was a slam-dunk decision once they met for more than 12 hours on Wednesday.

The two men may have met once years before, when Caldwell was a scout for Indianapolis and Bradley an assistant coach at North Dakota State.