Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be a sought-after coaching candidate, with the Vikings and Browns already requesting permission to interview him for their head coaching vacancies, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Quinn is in his first season as Seattle's defensive coordinator. He took over the job after Gus Bradley departed for Jacksonville. The Seahawks were excellent last season under Bradley, but were even better this year. Seattle led the NFL in points allowed, yards allowed, passing yards allowed and interceptions. He also spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators. Although he has limited NFL coordinator experience, Quinn has been around the league with stints in San Francisco, Miami and with the New York Jets to go along with two separate stints in Seattle.
Seattle has a first-round bye in the playoffs, so Quinn will be able to interview for jobs beginning on Jan. 5. He is one of several candidates connected to the Browns. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and others also were mentioned as possible candidates. He is the first candidate connected to the Vikings' opening.
Cleveland fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday after one season. The Vikings fired Leslie Frazier on Monday, following a 5-10-1 season. Quinn's defensive background would be a shift from Chudzkinski's offensive pedigree in Cleveland. Quinn would follow Frazier as a defensive coach in Minnesota. He would also be reunited with defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, whom he coached at Florida.