Browns interested in Seahawks DC Quinn

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is on the short list of head coaching candidates for the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have requested permission to interview Quinn, sources confirmed Monday to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Cleveland fired head coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after only one season on the job. Quinn can be interviewed started Jan 5, which would be six days before Seattle’s playoff opener at Century Link Field.

Quinn, 43, returned to the Seahawks this season to take over for as the defensive coordinator for Gus Bradley, who left to become the head coach in Jacksonville. Quinn worked as the defensive line coach under Bradley in 2009 and 2010 before leaving to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

The Seahawks have the top-ranked defense in the NFL this year in points allowed (14.4), yards allowed (273.6) passing yards allowed (172) and interceptions (28). The 231 points allowed was a franchise record, breaking last season’s mark of 245 points allowed.

Quinn probably won’t be the only Seahawks assistant coach to get a call from NFL teams looking for a new head coach. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is highly respected league wide and believed to be one of the coaches the Washington Redskins might consider to replace Mike Shanahan.