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

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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  • All Coug’d Up

    Along with the familiarity aspect of Quinn coming back, Pete will use this as an in to scouting SEC talent coming out over the next couple of years. Great move by the Hawks, imo in many aspects. Hopefully the defense continues to be aggressive in big situations. That’s part of what made us great this year.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I asked around to some people who know the SEC better an I do, and they said he was pretty agressive, not not overly so because he didn’t have to be. Sounds perfect for the Seahawks D.

  • Jake Richards

    I think it’s healthier for Seattle. Quinn is definitely the piece that the defense need .. Excellent article .. keep it up.!!!

  • Hawkman54

    Hope they address the poor underneath pass coverage – Fix that and the rush and look out- they would be one speed WR and a RG from probably having the best team in the whole NFL!

  • ricefield

    It looks like the Hawks were prepared for the coordinators to go. Great preparation in having the replacement in mind for DC.