Since we posted the news about Cleveland being interested in Dan Quinn, reports have also broken that the Minnesota Vikings may be interested in both Quinn and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Here’s our story for the Tuesday paper reviewing those reports and what head coach Pete Carroll had to say about it today.
Quinn is in his first year with the Seahawks, while Bevell reportedly got a new deal after last season when he was linked to both Arizona and the Bears.
But their contract status with the Seahawks isn’t real relevant — if they get offered the jobs and want to go, they’ll go, because NFL head coaching opportunities are obviously not all that easy to come by.
As we noted earlier, the NFL actually has a process for this clearly stated in its official calender that states the weekend of Jan. 5 as when assistants may be interviewed. Here’s how that reads:
January 5 — Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
Carroll said today he considers all of this just part of the deal and that it won’t be a distraction for his team as it prepares for the playoffs:
“We’ll do this with all of the care of what’s going on here,” he said. “This is first and foremost and all of our guys understand, but also I’ll help our guys any way that I can to fulfill the dreams that they have for themselves and proudly go about that. So we’ll deal with this normally also.”