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Report: Seahawks expected to pursue Dan Quinn as head coach

Quinn previously served as defensive coordinator under Pete Carroll.

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Following the bombshell news that longtime Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will be moved to an advisory role, there’s already speculation as to who will replace Pete on the sidelines.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, currently in the same role with the Dallas Cowboys, is expected to be one of the candidates.

Quinn was actually part of the Jim Mora coaching staff during the ill-fated 2009 season. When Carroll was hired, he retained both Quinn and Gus Bradley on his coaching staff. After Quinn left to be the University of Florida defensive coordinator for two seasons, he returned to Seattle in 2013 to replace Bradley as the team’s DC. Quinn oversaw one of the great defenses in NFL history, winning Super Bowl XLVIII with a monumental 43-8 beatdown of the historically great Denver Broncos offense.

After the Super Bowl XLIX loss, Quinn was hired by the Atlanta Falcons to be their head coach. The Falcons reached the Super Bowl in his second season, with Matt Ryan winning league MVP. We don’t need to retell what happened against the New England Patriots. Quinn reached the Divisional Round in 2017, but failed to make the postseason again before he was fired in 2020. Quinn has been the Cowboys DC since 2021, overseeing that unit’s turnaround from one of the league’s worst to one of the best.

Again, this is just one name, and Quinn is certainly on course to be a head coach for some NFL team next season, but it’d be a familiar face back in Seattle if he is hired.