Back to Seattle
The past week in the sports world has been crazy. From Chip Kelly heading to the Philadelphia Eagles to Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend to Lance Armstrong admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs, there has been plenty of stories for sports writers to write about.
One story close to the heart of every Seattle Seahawks fan, a team that recently saw their miracle season come to a halt in Atlanta, is the departure of Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley, who has become the Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The loss of Bradley left the Seahawks needing to fill the role of much more than an “average” defensive coordinator. Bradley brought a certain swagger and fire to a defense that was one of the best in the league.
On Thursday morning the Seahawks announced that they had hired Dan Quinn, most recently the Defensive Coordinator of the Florida Gators, to fill their open position. Quinn was previously with Seattle from 2009-2010, when he filled the role of being a Defensive Line coach while helping out as an assistant coach as well. Though he was retained by Pete Carroll for a year, Quinn left the staff to become the Defensive Coordinator at the University of Florida.
Quinn is one of those guys who can definitely fill the shoes that Bradley left behind. Besides being eerily similar in their physical appearances, the two coaches have a certain fire and tenacity that relates well to players. This attitude, coupled with a talented defense, has helped to make the Seahawks one of the more ferocious defenses in recent seasons.
Prior to his hire by the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, Quinn had spent all of his time in the NFL on the defensive side of the ball, more specifically working on the defensive line. He has worked with teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins.
During his time at the University of Florida as a defensive coordinator, Florida had one of the best defenses in the nation. They were physical up front and could lock down any opponent in the open field. The Gators just missed out on a chance to play for the BCS National Championship despite what some would call an atrocious offense.
The great thing about the hiring of Dan Quinn, besides his attitude similarity to Bradley, is the fact that he has a lot of experience coaching defensive lines, a unit that the Seahawks will be looking for more production from in 2013/2014.
Besides bringing that fire and tenacity to a defensive unit that will continue to be one of the best in the NFL, Quinn will likely play the same role as Bradley did with Carroll: he’ll be the defensive coordinator but Pete Carroll will be heavily involved with the defense like he has always been. Though he has built strong offenses during his tenure, Carroll has always been a defensive guy at heart.
The two will continue Carroll’s bend-but-don’t-break philosophy of defense, a defense that is geared towards keeping the play in front of Seattle defenders and not allowing explosive plays to occur. While opponents may get some yards, the Seahawks don’t mind surrendering nine while stopping them on 3rd and 1.
Quinn is a familiar face that fans will come to love, especially with the fire he will bring to the defense and the field. The loss of Bradley hurts, but Quinn is a great replacement.