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Quinn's re-hiring in Seattle logical move

1/17/2013

Dan Quinn interviewed to become the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator back in 2009, when Jim Mora was the head coach.

The job went to Gus Bradley instead.

Quinn wound up coaching the defensive line under Mora and current coach Pete Carroll before leaving to become defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

Seattle quickly hired back Quinn as coordinator Thursday when Bradley left to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks know what they are getting in Quinn. The fit must be right for Seattle to move so quickly. This seems like a logical move to make. The transition should be smooth and there should be no significant changes to the defensive scheme. Seattle led the NFL in points allowed this season.

One question is whether Bradley will be taking his close friend and associate Todd Wash with him to Jacksonville. Wash coaches the Seahawks' defensive line. Quinn's status as former defensive line coach would provide some protection for the Seahawks if the team allowed Wash to accompany Bradley. Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Bryant Young was the line coach under Wash at Florida. Might he come along if Wash departs?

Quinn had this to say in 2009 when asked about his coaching style:

"First off, when you’re in the classroom, I think you’re a teacher first. If you ask most of the coaches, 'How’d you get into coaching to start off?' a lot of us would say that we enjoy that teaching part of it, and developing the guys, putting the game plan together. And then out on the field, I would say I coach with an up-tempo style. Some would say it would be aggressive. I coach with a lot of energy.

"Ultimately, as a player or as a coach, you have to answer the kind of question, ‘What do you want your team to look like?’ That’ll be something I may say to the players, but ultimately, that’s me too. I want our tape to look a certain way, where our guys are playing hard, and playing physical."