Dan Quinn's Return to Seattle May Not Be Sexy, but They Made the Right Move
When head coach Pete Carroll decides to hire a defensive coordinator he must think bald guys with goatees do the best job. The past three coordinators Carroll hired have all had those two characteristics in common.
The first of the three was former USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt. Holt was hired in 2006 and spent three years with Carroll before heading to the University of Washington in 2009. The second bald defensive coordinator he hired was Gus Bradley.
Bradley was originally hired by the Seahawks in 2009 under former head coach Jim Mora Jr. Carroll thought highly of Bradley, so he allowed him to stay under his watch and it has worked out quite nicely for both parties.
And finally, the newest member to the bald defensive coordinator party is Dan Quinn:
Quinn is no stranger to the Seahawks organization—he was another holdover from the Mora era. He served as the defensive line coach from 2009-10, but in 2011 he was offered the defensive coordinator position at the University of Florida.
Ultimately Coach Carroll is big on seeing people succeed, so he let Quinn walk because he saw it as a move that would better his career. Lo and behold, two short years later Quinn will be making his return to the Pacific Northwest as Bradley is now jet-setting to Jacksonville.
Earlier this morning he was named the fifth coach in franchise history succeeding Mike Mularkey.
Like Bradley back in 2009, Quinn's first defensive coordinator job in the NFL will come with the Seattle Seahawks. He has been a coordinator before—twice at the collegiate level, once back in 2000 with Hofstra and most recently with the Florida Gators.
After holding the Hofstra job for one year, he quickly jumped ship in 2001 when he was offered the defensive quality control job for the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to hold that position for two years and was promoted to defensive line coach in 2003.
From that point on he didn't ever advance in the ranks. He went on to become the defensive line coach of the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets and the Seattle Seahawks. Those three different stops spanned six years of his coaching career.
So you can see why it made sense for him to jump on another coordinating position with the Gators. He wanted another shot at calling plays, which he knew could ultimately help him land the same position in the NFL someday.
He couldn't have been more right because Carroll and Schneider had him in mind as soon as they knew there was a possibility that Bradley was as good as gone. Quinn was also drawing interest from Philadelphia and Cleveland according to Adam Schefter, but it was a no-brainer for him to return to a place that he loved so much.
Here's what he told reporters today from his office in Florida: “I am so excited to get back there and get going. I was hoping to get a chance to be back and be part of it. Now that I am, it’s really exciting. I’m beyond excited.”
Quinn should be able to pick up right where Bradley left off considering all the principles and schematics are similar to the way they were before. That's the main reason as to why the hire was the "right" hire.
Not to mention he knows how to dial up a defense of his own. His defense at the University of Florida was second in the nation this past season in third-down defense—a crucial area where the Seahawks were often exposed in 2012.
Moreover, the Gators finished with the fifth-best defense in college football last season as they only allowed 283.42 yards per game. They also only allowed 17 touchdowns, which ended up being the second-lowest number in the nation.
Coach Carroll didn't have a whole lot to say when commenting on his new defensive coordinator, but he did say this:
(con't): "Dan Quinn is an excellent teacher who is familiar with our system and allows us to maintain continuity."— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) January 17, 2013
(con't): "Dan did a great job for us in 2010 and I'm pleased to get him back."— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) January 17, 2013
It would be silly to expect the Seahawks' defensive scheme to change a whole lot considering they were the No. 4 best defense in the NFL last season in total yards and they were the No. 1 scoring defense at 15.3 points per game.
As they always say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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