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August 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Spotlight on Dan Quinn

Dan Quinn isn’t totally new to the Seahawks, having served as defensive line coach in 2009-10 (and assistant head coach in 2009 under Jim L. Mora).

But he’s new to his current job, which is a big one — defensive coordinator for a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.

Obviously, coach Pete Carroll is also heavily involved in the defense, having been a defensive coach throughout his career. But it’s Quinn who will set the tone for the defense and call the plays on gameday.

And given his importance to the team this season, we thought it worth re-introducing him to Seattle fans, so I wrote this profile of him for the Sunday paper.

Quinn’s football philosophy — of favoring an aggressive approach on defense — is detailed at the bottom of the story.

In a fuller quote that didn’t make the story, Quinn also gave this take on his aggressive philosophy:

“I think that we just have a mindset that we like to play aggressive. Even if you play tight coverage or you are playing man-to-man or something like that, it might feel like it’s more aggressive. But that’s certainly my nature of being a defensive line coach. I’ve been a defensive line coach for a long time. That’s part of my background to play that style and that’s how I like to be, and coach (Carroll) does, too.”

As is also detailed in the story, that’s an approach the players like, as well.

The Seahawk defense was hardly broken last year, allowing the fewest points in the NFL (245).

But Quinn is aiming to put his own stamp on it this year as he replaces former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. How that unfolds is yet another of the many intriguing aspects of this season.

 

 

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