November 3, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive coordinator Dan Quinn during the second quarter against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Hire Dan Quinn As Defensive Coordinator

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Pete Carroll was ready for the news that Gus Bradley was going to be a head coach. It took only 3 hours after it was announced that Bradley was gone before Carroll hired his replacement.

The Seahawks have hired Dan Quinn to be their defensive coordinator. Quinn has spent the last 2 seasons as the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

Dan Quinn was the defensive line coach in Seattle in 2009 (part of Jim Mora’s staff) and was retained in that roll when Pete Carroll was hired.

Quinn fits in well with the current staff and the current scheme. He went to Florida and used 300+ lb DT Sharrif Floyd in the Red Bryant DE roll on the Florida Defense in 2011. He is a perfect scheme fit for this defense, and will provide great continuity for the defense.

Quinn will find ways to get more out of the Seattle’s defensive line, which became a weakness of the defense in 2012. It should also mean that we can expect 2012 4th round pick Jaye Howard to have a bigger roll. The Seahawks drafted him out of Florida on Quinn’s suggestion. Current coaches were high on Howard, but he was only active for 2 games this past season.

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