The Seattle Seahawks named University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their new defensive coordinator, replacing Gus Bradley, who was selected the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday. The Seahawks made the Quinn announcement on their Twitter account just hours after Bradley agreed to coach the Jaguars.
Quinn has worked as Florida’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. In 2011, the Gators ranked eighth nationally in total defense, seventh nationally in passing defense, and second nationally in third-down defense.
Prior to that, he worked as Seattle’s defensive line coach. Quinn spent 10 seasons in the NFL with Seattle, the Jets (2007-08), Miami (2005-06), and San Francisco (2001-04). Quinn coached the defensive line with the exception of his first two seasons with the 49ers, when he was the defensive quality control coach.
Quinn has been a coordinator for one season, in college at Hofstra in 2000.
Quinn joined the Seahawks Jan. 12, 2009 to work under Jim Mora after spending the previous six seasons coaching the defensive lines of the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04) and New York Jets. He began his NFL career in San Francisco as its defensive quality control coach in 2001 before moving to the defensive line.
Quinn began his coaching career at William & Mary in 1994 and at VMI in 1995. Quinn then spent five years at Hofstra University. He played collegiately at Salisbury State (MD), where he was a four-year letterman as a defensive lineman.