Dan Quinn: “No hard feelings” if he misses out on head-coaching job

Jan 15, 2015, 5:56 PM | Updated: 6:03 pm
Dan Quinn interviewed with multiple teams for a head-coach gig but says his focus is on the Packers...
Dan Quinn interviewed with multiple teams for a head-coach gig but says his focus is on the Packers game. (AP)
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RENTON – This is the potentially unfortunate situation facing Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn:

He’s among the most desirable head-coaching candidates around, and his credentials would only be strengthened if Seattle were to reach the Super Bowl. If that happens, though, Quinn could be passed up if interested teams decide to fill their vacancies before he comes available.

When Quinn met with the media on Wednesday and the subject of his head-coaching candidacy came up, he was asked if he’d hate to miss out on an opportunity because of that impatience.

“No, certainly not,” he said. “And in fact, I’m so fortunate to be a part of this organization, to be here with this group of guys. I’m having a blast, I really am. So no hard feelings, no disappointment in any way that way. I couldn’t say [enough] how fortunate I am to be a part of this group.”

Among the remaining teams still in the market for a new head coach, Atlanta, Chicago and Denver have reportedly shown some degree of interest in Quinn, who was also considered a candidate for the Jets’ and 49ers’ openings before they were filled. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that Quinn is the Falcons’ top choice and that the team is willing to wait until he becomes available.

Quinn interviewed with multiple teams during Seattle’s first-round bye. Since then, he’s insisted that his focus is on the task at hand.

“I had a great time going through the process. What a great opportunity to get to talk to people,” he said Wednesday. “But I’m in a great situation and now that we’re back here, the focus is really back here on the game, and what a great challenge we have here for us.”

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