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Vikings head coach candidate: Dan Quinn

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: January 3, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Coaching candidate: Dan Quinn

Contact: Expected to meet with the Vikings on Saturday

Head coaching experience: None

NFL coaching experience: 9 seasons

2003-04 – Defensive line coach for the 49ers

2005-06 – Defensive line coach for the Dolphins

2007-08 – Defensive line coach for the Jets

2009-10 – Assistant head coach/defensive line coach for the Seahawks

2013 – Defensive coordinator for the Seahawks


Quinn returned to the NFL after spending two seasons as defensive coordinator at the University of Florida (2011-12). He coached defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd during his time in Florida, where the Gators had a top 10 defensive nationally during his time.

Quinn previously spent two seasons with the Seahawks under Jim Mora and Pete Carroll as assistant head coach/defensive line coach.  He’s credited with helping Red Bryant shift from defensive tackle to end in 2010. Bryant has missed just one game in the last three seasons.

Seattle’s defense led the league in yards allowed (273.6), passing yards allowed (172) and points allowed (14.4) in his first season as a defensive coordinator in the NFL this season.

Quinn was a defensive lineman at D-III Salisbury University in Maryland and participated in track and field.


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