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January 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Dan Quinn: “It’s more about how we play really”

Here are some thoughts from Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on not getting the Cleveland job, preparing for Peyton Manning, and more:

(On his thoughts about not getting the Cleveland Browns job…) “I had a good visit with them, and a lot of respect certainly for their organization and Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam. I also had a good visit with the guys at Minnesota, and both of those guys have hired some great coaches. It was a great experience to go through and even more importantly having the support of John Schneider and Pete Carroll to have a chance to be so supportive of that. I don’t think I could be more fortunate to have better bosses than those two. To have that kind of support from those guys and have them in your corner, especially with John and Pete, I couldn’t be more fired to do that.”

(On if there is some frustration that the success of being on a Super Bowl team made it harder for him to get a head coaching job…) “No, none. It’s certainly not. I couldn’t be more fired up to be a part of this and moving forward here keeping the focus on our team, which it is. So none at all.”

(On what is it about Peyton Manning that sets him apart…) “I think sometimes there are all sorts of attributes with the quarterbacks, and one of the things that comes to mind with them is the mental quickness of where do I go with the ball and where do I put it. Some guys are mobile quarterbacks, and some guys have the arm strength to try the deep ball, other guys the mental quickness, so for him there are a lot of those things that factor in. I think that’s one of the ones in term of his experience, his knowledge of the game, knowing where to go with the ball. That’s one of the things that jumps out most to us on tape.”

(On if a lot of the calls that Peyton makes are phantom and actually something that is not happening and how does he get his guys to not pay attention to that…) “Yeah that’s important, and certainly for us, we have a real style about how we play. So for us we really have to focus on how we play our style and our football. For us we certainly know that part of those are checks, and part of those that are dummy calls at the line of scrimmage. Like I said we have a real style about how we play and how we like to play our game. So for us it’s more about how we play really than the checks and the information that they’re doing on the other side.”

(On how do you be normal, without being a state and not give anything away when facing Peyton Manning…) “That’s one of the things that you have to work through in practice to make sure what your look is, and as we go through that was important for us as we went into the playoffs. What were some of our tells as we went through our own self scout. That was one of the advantages of having that time right at the end of the regular season prior to going into the post season where we had a chance to go back and look at some of the things that we do, things that we do well, and what are some of our own alerts. That was an important time for us to get ready, not just for this game, but the games that lead up to it.”

(On what challenges do the no huddle bring…) “I think just the communication and it’s one of the things that when you start as a defense you have to start all the way back from the beginning you know, in terms of the importance of the communication from coaches to players, and then on the field players to players. I guess you can say it enhances at times the communication that you have in terms of how fast they want to play, or is it a no huddle where they are calling stuff at the line of scrimmage. So really it’s the communication part that is the biggest factor.”

(On if the no huddle puts a strain on how he tries to matchup knowing that you may get stuck with a certain group out on the field…) “Not necessarily because they feature mostly one group so for us it’s not where some other clubs may play two, three, four or five different personnel groups with these guys, that’s not generally the case. Not necessarily the matchups, just really the communication and allowing us to play at our style and playing fast and physical.”

(On if there is much to take away from the preseason game against Denver…) “No, maybe just the style of player that you went against. So for the players when they’re looking at tape and watching and thinking how did I play against this player, and what are some of the tips that that specific player may have. There is so much film that we both have on each other that there’s plenty for us to go through over the last few days. That’s been as valuable as anything.”

(On if he can win the Super Bowl with a great defense over a great offense…) “I think number one, there are some terrific offenses out there that the high scoring offenses that we see in a week in and week out basis, there are some really talented and featured players. It’s a real challenge for us each week and sometimes it’s different types of people. It might be a running back, or a quarterback, or a tight end, or their feature receiver. These guys have a number of them so we certainly have our hands full. We certainly have a whole style that our whole team plays like, and we feel like we’re a physical and tough team, not just from a defensive standpoint, but really the collective whole group. That’s something that is important to us and we have a real style about how we play and we like that.”

(On the talent level and versatility of the safeties…) “Yeah our safety position is one that you could really see the feature players here and the different things that they bring to our team. What Kam Chancellor puts out on tape from a physical style and the contact and the hits that he delivers, he’s one of the most physical players that we have. That can help our entire team. With Earl Thomas it’s the speed that he brings to our game. He plays at such a fast pace, and his instincts and knowledge of the game, those are the things that when you ask about those two players, although they are different in skillset, they add a lot to what we do. That’s true with a lot of our players who have different and unique skillsets, and those are just two of them that try to feature their best stuff.”

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