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As expected, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn linked to new openings

Reports have Dan Quinn as a possible candidate for three different jobs, with one interview happening son

Seattle Times staff reporter


RENTON — As the coordinator for a Seattle defense that again ranks statistically as the best in the NFL, it was expected Dan Quinn would be a hot name for any NFL head coaching jobs that came open.

That’s exactly what happened Monday as five jobs became vacant — with Quinn almost immediately linked to three.

Appearing to be the most serious suitor for Quinn’s services are the New York Jets, who according to numerous reports have scheduled an interview with Quinn on Saturday in Seattle. With the Seahawks in the playoffs, any interviews with Seattle assistants must happen by Sunday for teams that have a bye the first weekend.

Quinn is from Morristown, N.J., and also served as the Jets’ defensive line coach in 2007-08.

Reports also link Quinn to openings in San Francisco and Atlanta. Quinn has ties to the 49ers, having gotten his first NFL coaching job there as defensive quality control coach in 2001 and then serving as defensive line coach in 2003-04.

Monday, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks had gotten inquiries about Quinn, but that the team would not comment on specifics.

“Yeah, we have (gotten calls),’’ Carroll said. “What we’d like to do is let the teams that are doing their work speak for who they are talking to, so we don’t address that in that regard. But there have been calls coming in and requests and stuff like that.’’

Quinn also was a candidate for a few jobs last season, interviewing with the Cleveland Browns and regarded as one of two finalists for the job that ultimately went to Mike Pettine. Quinn did not have a second interview with the Browns, in part because Cleveland would have had to wait until after the Super Bowl and the Browns decided not to delay their hire and went with Pettine.

That Quinn could be headed for a head coaching job is something even Seattle players have publicly acknowledged.

“I don’t expect him to be here next year,’’ linebacker K.J. Wright said earlier this month. “I expect him to be a head coach.’’

Interestingly, Quinn became Seattle’s defensive coordinator in 2013 when he replaced Gus Bradley, who left to become the head coach at Jacksonville.

Carroll has said in the past he encourages his assistants to pursue head coaching jobs and that he will help them however possible.

“When these guys come to work here, I tell them from the moment we start talking that I’m going to help them get any job that they want and to help them achieve the goal that they have for themselves,” Carroll said recently.

“I work really hard for our guys to get whatever it is that they’re after, and it doesn’t always work out that way that they get the jobs they want, but I really mean that,’’ he added.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell also has had interviews in the past, notably with Arizona, Washington and Chicago, and offensive line coach Tom Cable is a former head coach of the Raiders who could also draw interest.

As of Monday night, though, there were no specific rumors linking those two to any jobs.

It also was reported that the Jets would interview Seattle director of pro personnel Trent Kirchner as it searches for a new general manager to replace the fired John Idzik. Idzik was Seattle’s vice president of football administration before being hired by the Jets as GM in 2013.

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