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January 15, 2015 at 8:22 PM

Quotes and video: Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn — Quinn to get a second interview with Falcons

Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn met the media after practice today to talk about Kam Chancellor, the Green Bay Packers, his coaching future, and more.

You can see the some video below, as well as some quotes.

After he met the media it was reported that Quinn will have a second interview with the Atlanta Falcons next week — there is a window were coaches of teams in the Super Bowl can again be interviewed next week.

Quinn talked today about not being worried about the rules of the process, which mean he cannot be hired until the Seahawks are done playing this season.

At the moment, it is believed that Atlanta is the only job for which he is being seriously considered with other jobs he interviewed for — such has the Jets and 49ers — having been filled.

(On Kam Chancellor elevating his game in the playoffs both this year and last year) Well, I don’t know if it’s the more exposure that he gets but as you guys know who cover us all the time, the intensity that he brings to our team – the toughness, the leadership. He’s such a key member so for him to have that kind of play at the end of the game – we were all fired up for him. It’s a lot of things that we see from him on a regular basis – it’s the attitude, the effort that he brings so it’s no surprise that he had that one and then took it all the way and then took it all the way back – just the way that he finished, that was typical Kam.

(On the mentality that the team is never surprised by anything that’s thrown at them) Yeah, I think what he’s probably referring to is throughout the game plan you certainly practice a lot of the scheme that the other teams do and there are always things that come up maybe that haven’t been a scouted look necessarily so that’s an important thing for us to know. There are always going to be things and it allows us to fall back on our rules of how we play so as you guys know we don’t play tons of different defense so it allows us to really fall right back into our style of how we play. There might be a new play or a new scheme but as long as we’re playing our technique for the most part we’re able to handle the new things that come up and then we adjust into those as we see them in the game so I’m pretty sure that’s probably what he was referring to.

(On Aaron Rodgers possibly being limited in mobility and if that changes anything) I think we’re going to go in assuming that he’s at his best, able to do all the things that he does. Even when he didn’t move out of the pocket as much you could see how effective he is. They’re a terrific challenge in every way – it’s a blast to play against them. We have lots of respect for their staff and the way that they play. They make you go through the whole process all the way through the week so it’s a great challenge – one that we’re really looking forward to.

(On Green Bay’s running game improving and how much of a challenge they are now compared to week one) I guess probably the biggest challenge, when you see it early on in the year; maybe they have been so much three wides, where now maybe there is a bigger mixture of personnel groups as it goes. Often times when you’re playing your best at the end – it’s that continuity that you have when you’re playing together. Those guys have been fortunate from an injury standpoint where they’ve stayed healthy and now 10, 12, 14 games into it – that communication that’s really important and their line is certainly playing well and that’s a big part of it. Runners – we know their toughness. We’ve got great regard and respect for them. I think just sometimes that continuity of playing together, I know for us over the last month or two we’ve played better and having the guys back in when we had Wags [Bobby Wagner] back and Kam [Chancellor] back in – it makes a big factor for us for sure and I would think for them as well.

(On where Kam Chancellor’s athleticism shows up most on the defense) Wow, that’s a great question. I think, it’s going to sound unusual – the explosiveness shows up the most to me. It’s the big hits, it’s the contact that he delivers, and it’s the way that he tackles. He’s a really explosive guy so maybe not the range as Earl [Thomas] in the middle of the field but it’s the way that he tackles, the attitude that he can bring it with – those are the things that show up with his athletic ability. Number one – it’s the explosive power that he brings and it’s the way that he tackles. We talk about going to a dark place tackling and he’s the one that talked about that. He lives it when he tackles. He’s such a unique guy for us. We wouldn’t have enough time to talk all the attributes that he brings to our defense.

(On how they adapted with Jordan Hill being out) It’s unfortunate that Jordan’s season was cut short here at the end. However, fortunately for us, Demarcus [Dobbs] coming back at the time that he did – we know he had some pass rush ability so we’ve worked him a lot into that role so he’s been one. Kevin [Williams] has been one. Tony [McDaniels] has been one. So the three of those all took a part of it to factor in.

(On if he expects that Richard Sherman will be included in this game) We always think that every week so we’re prepared for all the things that they throw at you. That would be a better question for him as he went through it. That’s happened to him some other times and I think one of the things – he’s got real discipline in his game. It’s easy when the action isn’t coming your way – you can back off for a second and of course, that’s the play that it would come to your side so with him, one of the things that I admire the most is his discipline, down after down, play after play. Even in some games where maybe some of the action hasn’t come to him, he’s got great focus, great attention and whether it goes that way or not, you can count on him to be on his details.

(On Davante Adams) Yeah, just like any of the young guys who are coming along, think of all these games they’ve had to play and as he’s gone on further in the season. Davante – he’s another weapon for these guys. They’ve got a bunch of them so he’s the next in line. He’s a big factor for them.

(On challenges of Green Bay’s offense) Well sometimes the challenges are when you look at a team from the first part of the week, ‘What personnels are they playing?’ Is this going to be more of a base game or more of a nickel game? So that starts your initial challenge. For these guys, you’re able to split it 50/50 when you’re able to do that. The next challenge is their feature players where their quarterback just gets rid of the ball to the quarterbacks so quickly to the right guys. I think that mental quickness makes him one of the hardest guys to go against because he just knows where to go with the ball. It’s a real challenge for us—one we’re looking forward too, but these kinds of games against terrific players and opponents, you couldn’t be more fired up to be a part of it.

(On Byron Maxwell) I think one of the things when we watch Max is just how disciplined he is in technique. We know how long he is, but for him just to have the patience at the line of scrimmage, obviously we know we play a lot of press, he’s a technician. I think that’s one of the things you see in that practice—he really stays committed in his technique. So for him, trusting himself, knowing that the technique is on point, I think that’s one of the biggest things. So when action comes his way, I think he’s ready when the time comes.

(On head coaching interview process) I had a great time going through the process—what a wonderful opportunity to get to talk to people, but I’m in a great situation. Now that we’re back here, the focus is back here for the game and what a great challenge we have ahead of us and I have nothing really to report on that front. It’s real easy—back to what we’re doing here.

(On feeling disappointment for teams becoming impatient with hires) I’m so fortunate to be a part of this organization and to be here with this group of guys. I’m having a blast; I really am so no hard feelings, no disappointment in anyway. I can’t say it enough of how fortunate I am to be a part of this group, we just talked about all the future guys we just talked about so it’s a blast to be a part of this group.

(On how the team looks loose) I would say that’s pretty normal—we want to play fast but we want to be free mentally. So for that point—we really work hard from an assignment standpoint to make sure that we’re on it, but at the same time, we make sure that we’re on it. So we are loose but we’re really discipline as well. There’s no tightness about us, this is the next game, but it’s one that we been preparing for all along so we treat each game as a championship opportunity so when these game come, we stay exactly in our routine and paly like we’re capable of.

(On O’Brien Schofield) The thing that jumps out when we’re talking about O.B. is the speed he’s playing with. As a rusher, that “get off” is such an important factor. So for me, I think it’s his get off as a pass rusher. He’s always gotten savvy as a pass rusher and as a guy who can come under blocks and make plays so he’s a really important guy for us.

(On changes with O’Brien Schofield) I don’t know if there are any changes—maybe he’s healthy now and he feels good, but I don’t know if anything has changes. Like a lot of the guys, when you keep working hard on your technique, we want to be the best fundamental team at this time of the year, not just at the early part. So we spend an awful amount of time, ‘technique, technique, technique.’ So we can play at our best and play fast, that probably also goes into it as well, we’re trying to be the best fundamental team in football—what a challenge that is. So for O.B. and the rest of the guys—just trying to be on point, the way we tackle, the way we want to play, the effort we can put out on the field—those are real important topics that we talk about a lot.

(On Green Bay looking the same) Not necessarily—there is a few more personnel groups in the last half of the season for them. So when you look back, ours was a little bit more. Each game plan is different for each opponent sometimes brings different things where as a defensive coach you’re going, we’re expecting all of this and sometimes it’s just not quite that way, but in the game plans for now, they’ve been less than they were in the opener.




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