ESPN thinks Seattle Seahawks are close to hiring this head coach

Field Yates of ESPN gives a simple answer to who will be Seattle's new head coach.
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Are you ready for the Seattle Seahawks to make a head coaching hire, 12s? There are only two teams left, Seattle and the Washington Commanders, that need a new head coach. Many of the coaches that Seattle reportedly interviewed are still available to hire as well. In other words, the Seahawks are in very good shape to almost have their pick of who should be Pete Carroll's replacement.

Raheem Morris might have been a finalist in Seattle, but the former defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams was hired by the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday to be that team's new head coach. The Seahawks are still winding through a bunch of coaches this week who they have asked back for a second interview.

Plus, once the seasons are done for the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens, Seattle might ask for interviews with Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson (Seattle has interviewed once already) and Ravens DC Mike Macdonald. But Field Yates of ESPN thinks there is a good chance that Seattle won't hire either Johnson or Macdonald. Instead, Yates believes Seattle will hire Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn.

Seattle Seahawks could be on the verge of hiring Dan Quinn to replace Pete Carroll

Yates said as much on Seattle Sports 710 AM on Thursday. And he had a good reason for Seattle hiring Quinn. The Cowboys DC is familiar with every decision-maker in the Seahawks franchise, especially general manager John Schneider, as Quinn worked for Seattle as the DC in 2013 and 2014. In those seasons, the Seahawks had the best defenses arguably in the history of the NFL.

Many 12s might not be all that excited by Quinn being hired, though. While Quinn has produced some very good Cowboys' defenses over the last couple of years, his group also had a complete meltdown in the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers when Quinn seemed to fail to adjust to what Green Bay was doing. 12s might have a little PTSD from about six seasons of watching Seahawks defenses fail to adjust.

But Quinn would be a great fit in Seattle as his addition means the team does not have to completely rebuild the culture that Carroll built. Recent meltdowns aside, Quinn has proven that he can make his defenses better and Seattle's defense does have young talent such as Boye Mafe and Devon Witherspoon. And sure, Quinn was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 who blew a 28-3 halftime lead in the Super Bowl, but at least the Falcons got to the Super Bowl.

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