Today is the infamous Black Monday in the NFL, when head coaches get fired and teams start looking for replacements.
And this year, one of the places teams are expected to again look for coaches is Seattle, where defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be in particular demand.
There are already reports/rumors that Quinn will be sought after by the 49ers, Jets and Falcons (good recap of everything here from NFL.com).
Quinn grew up in New Jersey and got his NFL start with 49ers (hired there by Jim Mora and coaching there from 200104), so each could have some pull for him. (Here’s a story on the 49ers’ situation and one on the Jets).
Quinn has said what all assistants say — that he’d like to be a head coach someday but until then is focusing on the Seahawks.
But even some Seattle players have talked about the inevitability that Quinn may soon be headed elsewhere.
“I don’t expect him to be here next year,” linebacker K.J. Wright said earlier this month. “I expect him to be a head coach.’’
Coach Pete Carroll was asked on his radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle this morning about the fact that some of his assistants could get interviews and said “I think there is going to be some interest in our guys and we’ll see what happens with all of that.”
The NFL has some rules on interviewing assistants of teams still in the playoffs (read them here), and specifically as it pertains to Seattle’s situation, any interviews with Quinn or other Seattle assistants would have to occur this week.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has also had interviews in the past, notably with Arizona and the Bears, and offensive line coach Tom Cable is a former head coach of the Raiders who could also draw interest.
At the moment, though, no specific rumors linking those two to any jobs.
Quinn took over as Seattle’s DC in January, 2013 after Gus Bradley was hired away to be the head coach at Jacksonville.