Earlier today it was reported that there was a “strong possibility” Dan Quinn would leave Florida for the Seattle Seahawks.
Just a short time ago, that strong possibility became an official reality as the Seahawks confirmed that Quinn has been named as the NFL club’s new defensive coordinator. Quinn will replace Gus Bradley, who accepted the head coaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier today.
He had also been mentioned as a possible target of the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, who are also rumored to be heavily in pursuit of Georgia coordinator Todd Grantham.
Quinn had spent the past two seasons on Will Muschamp‘s staff, helping to turn the Gators into one of the top defenses in the country. In addition to his coordinator duties, Quinn also coached the defensive line.
The move is a return home of sorts for Quinn as he spent 2009-10 as Seattle’s defensive line coach. All told, Quinn had spent the previous 10 seasons at the NFL level before joining the Gators in 2011.
As to where Muschamp will return for a replacement, there’s already talk he could promote someone from his current coaching staff. Specifically, D.J. Durkin, currently UF’s linebackers coach as well as special teams coordinator, could fill what’s a rather significant coaching hole.
UPDATED 2:57 p.m. ET: In a press release, Muschamp both congratulated Quinn on his new job and confirmed that Durkin has been promoted to defensive coordinator.
“I’m happy for Dan and this opportunity,” Muschamp said in a statement. “I’ve said before that I always encourage my staff when opportunities arise to take the next step in their career. Dan’s background is in the NFL and this is a great chance to go back to a place he’s familiar with.
“D.J. and I will run the defense, continuing the way that Dan and I did for the past two years. We will look to add another coach that is the best fit for our staff moving forward.