With the Seattle Seahawks firing there head coach, Jim Mora yesterday. There might be a chance Raheem Morris, finally gets his initial choice for defensive coordinator in Dan Quinn. But the dynamics of such a move on the part of Morris, would leave many fans wondering and most likely revolting. For nothing other then they really don’t know much about Quinn.
The relationship between Morris and Quinn goes back to 1996, when Morris a safety at Hofstra University and Quinn was the defensive line coach there. Quinn was on the coaching staff for three of Morris’ playing years. Then in 1998 Morris was a graduate assistant coach.
In 2000, Quinn was promoted to defensive coordinator and one of his first assistants that was hired was Morris, as Quinn lobbied to bring Morris into the fold as defensive backs coach.
Quinn has spent the last nine season coaching defensive lines in the NFL San Francisco 49ers (2003-04), Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and the New York Jets (2007-08), Seattle Seahawks (2009 – present).
The following rankings are for total defense for the teams Quinn was a part of during his stops as defense line coach with each of the respective teams.
2003 49ers 14th
2004 49ers 24th
2005 Dolphins 18th
2006 Dolphins 4th
2007 Jets 18th
2008 Jets 16th
2009 Seahawks 24th
Quinn is described by many of his past pupils as a high energy, relentless and very involved coach. His philosophies revolve around being relentless, aggressive and fundamentally sound.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
It would seem that Quinn’s philosophies are of the same ilk as Morris and one of the reasons Morris is so interested in Quinn. Morris used a similar approach when he was the defensive coordinator at Kansas State and what he wants the Bucs to become evident by his aggressive style Tampa 2 down the stretch after the demotion of Jim Bates and was even what he described during his initial press conference.
Of course Quinn would need to be let go by the Seahawks or permission must be granted for him to accept what would amount to a demotion as he is the associate head coach / defensive line coach.