Dan Quinn heads back to NFL

That didn’t take long.

Shortly after his name popped up as a candidate, the Seattle Seahawks have hired Dan Quinn as their next defensive coordinator.

The Seahawks announced Quinn has been hired on Thursday afternoon.

The position opened up when Gus Bradley left to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Before coaching the past two seasons at Florida Quinn spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL. His name had surfaced as a candidate for several NFL openings over the past few days. He served as defensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04), the Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and the New York Jets (2007-08) before spending two seasons as the Seahawks’ assistant head coach.

Quinn officially was the Gators defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, although he shared responsibilities for the latter with fellow assistant Bryant Young. Florida finished fifth in the nation this past season in total defense and was eighth in the same category last season.

Other than searching for a replacement, another thing to watch will be if Quinn will try to convince any of the other UF defensive assistants to join him in Seattle.

One possible replacement for Quinn that coach Will Muschamp may look at is DJ Durkin, who coaches linebackers and serves as special teams coordinator.


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