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NFL Black Monday: Dan Quinn, Darrell Bevell targeted by several teams; Mark Dominik fired in Tampa Bay

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UPDATE 4:00PM: The Vikings are reportedly interested in interviewing Dan Quinn and Darrell Bevell for their vacant head coaching job. Pete Carroll intimated that several other teams have sought permission to interview both Quinn and Bevell and he hopes they get the chance to do that this week. Carroll has always been very enthusiastic about furthering his coaches' careers.


It's safe to say that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll's job is safe. The same could not and cannot be said for many coaches around the NFL. The Lions fired Jim Schwartz, the Bucs fired Greg Schiano, the Vikings fired Leslie Frazier, the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski, and the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan. The Cowboys are expected to fire Monte Kiffin, and I'm sure there will be more firings to come, across the league.

With Chudzinski out in Cleveland, the Browns have asked for permission to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for the vacant head coach position. Cleveland is also rumored to have interest in Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, so if you're a fan of Dan Quinn (and you probably should be), let's hope the Browns opt for an offensive-minded head coach.

I wanted to use this thread to track Black Monday things that may relate to the Seahawks. With Monte Kiffin likely getting the ax, it may be interesting to see if the Seahawks would have any interest in him as a positional coach or consultant of some kind; Pete Carroll was mentored by Kiffin years ago and runs a descendant of Kiffin's 4-3 Under defense so there is a connection there.

Another situation to watch: Mark Dominik is out as GM in Tampa Bay. From what I understand, Dominik and Seahawks GM John Schneider are close friends, so it would be interesting if JS offered him a job in Seattle's front office.

Dominik came up through Tampa's ranks in a very similar manner to Schneider in Seattle and Green Bay - with the former starting out in 1995 as a pro personnel assistant before becoming a pro scout in 1998 and coordinator of pro personnel in 2000 (per wiki). Dominik was promoted to Director of Pro Personnel in 2001 and was a big part of assembling the Bucs' 2002 Super Bowl Champion team. With Dominik groomed in personnel and scouting departments, it would make sense that Schneider might want to add his expertise to the front office team (similar to how Seattle added Scot McCloughan when he was fired in San Francisco). Dominik and Schneider are both 42 and both hail from the upper midwest (Wisconsin and Minnesota).

Dominik was ultimately fired, I would guess, because of the overall lack of success, the hiring of Greg Schiano, and the 'lackluster' production from free agents like Darrelle Revis and Vincent Jackson (I kind of think those were good pickups, but who knows). For what it's worth, I've really, really liked Tampa's drafts the past few years, so I am fully onboard with pursuing Dominik for a front-office/scouting-department job. Quality-to-downright-inspired picks from the last few years include Johnthan Banks, Mike Glennon, Akeem Spence, Mike James, Mark Barron, Doug Martin, Lavonte David, Adrian Clayborne, Da'Quan Bowers, Mason Foster, Mike Williams, Gerald McCoy, Aqib Talib, among others.

From what I gather, he is well respected around the league.

Also of note is that last year, Dominik hired away one of Seattle's top scouts, Eric Stokes (who, per Rich Stroud, worked as the Seahawks' assistant director of college scouting (2010-11) and is credited with helping to add defensive standouts such as safety Earl Thomas (first-round, 2010), safety Kam Chancellor (fifth-round, 2010), linebacker K.J. Wright (fourth-round, 2011) and cornerback Richard Sherman (fifth-round, 2011)) to become Tampa Bay's Director of College Scouting (i.e., the guy that's very responsible for scouting the Draft). Obviously, Stokes was not fired (that I know of), but it may be interesting to see if he sticks with the new regime. Something to watch.

I'll update as the day goes on...