Dan Quinn

Gators lose DC Dan Quinn to Seahawks


Earlier today it was reported that there was a “strong possibilityDan 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.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.