by Curtis Crabtree
The Seattle Seahawks acted quickly to replace Gus Bradley as defensive coordaintor by bringing back a familiar face in University of Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Quinn served as defensive line coach and assistant head coach for two seasons under Jim Mora and then Pete Carroll before leaving to take the job under Will Muschamp at Florida.
Bradley accepted an offer to become the next head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars a source confirmed to KJR early Thursday morning. The Jaguars have since announced the hire.
Bradley traveled to Jacksonville to interview with the Jaguars on Wednesday after meeting with Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday. Bradley left Philadelphia early Wednesday morning for Jacksonville as the Eagles hired Oregon head coach Chip Kelly as their next head coach.
Bradley served the last four seasons as the Seahawks defensive coordinator. Bradley came to Seattle from Tampa Bay where he worked as a defensive assistant for three seasons under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Bradley joined the staff of Jim Mora in 2009 as the Seahawks defensive coordinator as the Seahawks went 5-11 in Mora’s only year as Seattle’s head coach. When Pete Carroll was hired in January 2010, head coach Pete Carroll interviewed Bradley and elected to keep him on board as defensive coordinator.
The Seahawks defense improved each of the last three seasons under Bradley. Seattle finished the 2012 season as the top-ranked defense in points allowed at just 15.3 points per game and fourth in yards allowed with 306.2 yards per game.
Quinn returns to Seattle after two seasons at Florida. Under Quinn, the Gators allowed just 14.5 points per game last season.
"Dan Quinn is an excellent teacher who is familiar with our system and allows us to maintain continuity," Carroll said. "Dan did a great job for us in 2010 and I'm pleased to get him back."