Morristown-native at the top of Idzik’s list according to DN Dan Leberfeld

According to Daily News NFL writer Gary Myers, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is that top of John Idzik’s wish list if he makes a coaching change. He is the currently the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. Here is his resume prior to that . . .

2011-12  Florida (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
2009-10  Seattle Seahawks (Defensive Line)
2007-08  New York Jets (Defensive Line)
2005-06  Miami Dolphins (Defensive Line)
2003-04  San Francisco 49ers (Defensive Line)
2001-02  San Francisco 49ers (Defensive Quality Control)
2000 Hofstra (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1996-99  Hofstra (Defensive Line)
1995  Virginia Military Institute (Defensive Line)
1994  William & Mary (Defensive Line)


Coaching Accomplishments

  • Has 18 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL and eight as an NFL defensive line coach.
  • In 2011, led a Gator defense that ranked eighth nationally in total defense (299.5 yards per game), seventh in passing defense (166.8 yards per game) and second in third-down defense (27.12 percent).
  • Prior to his first season in Gainesville, Quinn spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive line coach and has spent eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, including stints with the New York Jets (2007-08), Miami Dolphins (2005-06) and San Francisco 49ers (2003-04). He began his NFL career as a defensive quality control coach for the 49ers from 2001-02 before being promoted to defensive line coach.
  • Helped four different players reach double-digits in sacks in a single season.
  • Seven of his 10 seasons in the NFL saw opponents average less than one rushing touchdown per game, including three seasons of 10 or less total.
  • In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks finished third in the NFC in red zone touchdown defense, allowing just 46.2 percent.
  • Coached Chris Clemons to a career-high 11 sacks in 2010 in Clemons’ first season as a full-time starter, including four multi-sack games, while Raheem Brock tallied nine sacks.
  • Helped the Seahawks to the 2010 NFC West crown and knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs.
  • Quinn’s 2008 Jets defense ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per carry (3.7), seventh in sacks (41) and ninth in rushing yards per game (94.9). The Jets were also sixth in the AFC in yards per play (5.2) and third-down efficiency (.386).
  • The 2006 Dolphins totaled 47 sacks, third in the NFL. That season, Jason Taylor finished fourth in the NFL with 13.5 sacks under Quinn’s guidance.
  • Quinn’s 2006 Miami team also ranked third in the NFL in yards per play (4.6), fourth in total defense (289.1) and fifth in rushing yards per attempt (3.5).
  • In 2005, Quinn helped the Dolphins rank first in the AFC and second in the NFL with 49 sacks. Miami also finished third in the AFC in yards per play (4.7) and fourth in yards per carry (3.7).
  • The 49ers ranked fifth in the NFC in 2004 with 4.0 yards per carry allowed.
  • As a defensive assistant with San Francisco in 2002, linebacker Andre Carter tied for fourth in the NFL with 12.5 sacks.
  • Quinn began his coaching career as defensive line coach with William & Mary in 1994, followed by a season with the Virginia Military Institute in 1995. He held the same position with Hofstra for four seasons before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000.
  • He and his wife, Stacey, established the Quinn’s Corps Program in 2004 to help children and families in need.

Prominent Players Coached


  • DE CHRIS CLEMONS – Recorded a career-high 11.0 sacks in 2010 which tied him for 10th in the NFL, along with 49 tackles (33 solo) and one forced fumble in the most productive season of his career.
  • DE PATRICK KERNEY – Coached the two-time Pro Bowler in the last season of his 11-year career, as Kerney played 15 games and picked up five sacks.


  • DE SHAUN ELLIS – Collected 60 tackles in 2008—the 10th most by a defensive lineman in the NFL—and was tied for 17th in sacks with 8.0. In his career, he has totaled 499 tackles, 72.5 sacks and has forced 12 fumbles.
  • DT KRIS JENKINS – Earned 2008 Pro Bowl honors, the fourth time in his career he received the recognition and second-team AP All-Pro accolades after posting 53 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Also won his first career AFC Defensive Player of the Week award with 1.5 sacks, three hurries and three tackles in the Nov. 2 win over Buffalo.


  • DE KEVIN CARTER – Played both of his seasons with Miami under Quinn, starting all 32 games and tallying 99 tackles, 11.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble during that time.
  • DE JASON TAYLOR – During Quinn’s two-year tenure with Miami, Taylor ranked third in the NFL with 25.5 sacks, led the league in forced fumbles with 13, and scored three defensive touchdowns (two interception returns, one fumble return) en route to earning Pro Bowl berths in 2005 and 2006 and the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2006.


  • DT BRYANT YOUNG – Made the final two Pro Bowls of his career under the tutelage of Quinn in the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

NFL Players (Round Drafted)


Playing Career

Quinn was a four-year letterwinner and two-time co-captain at Salisbury (Md.) State as a defensive lineman, where he recorded 139 tackles and eight tackles for loss. He also lettered in track and held the school record in the hammer throw at the time of his departure. Salisbury State inducted Quinn into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Personal Information

  • Birth date: Sept. 11, 1970
  • Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
  • Education: 1994 – Bachelor’s Degree from Salisbury State
  • Family: Married to Stacey

NFL Playoff Finishes

  • 2001: Wild Card (San Francisco)
  • 2002: Divisional Round (San Francisco)
  • 2010: Divisional Round (Seattle)

FCS Championship Finishes

  • 1997: FCS Championship – First Round (Hofstra)
  • 1999: FCS Championship – Quarterfinals (Hofstra)
  • 2000: FCS Championship – Quarterfinals (Hofstra)