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Report: Quinn “would’ve been interested” in Browns’ coaching job


If the Browns would have waited until after the Super Bowl to hire a head coach, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly would have been all ears.

After the Seahawks’ dominant 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII, Quinn told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he “certainly would’ve been interested” in the Browns’ coaching position.

The Browns hired Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine on January 23, ending a search that lasted the better part of a month. Quinn interviewed for the Browns’ head coaching job early in the process.

Considering the exceptional play of the Seahawks’ defense, Quinn would seem likely to be a candidate in other head-coaching searches in 2015.

In the meantime, he gets to work with a truly special group.

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60 Responses to “Report: Quinn “would’ve been interested” in Browns’ coaching job”
  1. natijim235 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    not beyond the stooges to give Pettine the axe and try to hire Quinn

  2. backdapack4evr says: Feb 2, 2014 11:18 PM

    Vikings will be looking for a new coach next year when they lose every game!!

  3. dontouchmyjunk says: Feb 2, 2014 11:20 PM

    The NFL is a players league. Not much a coach can do if he doesn’t have the player talent. If it were me I’d rather hire the coach who got more with less than a guy who coached players who could run roughshod over anybody.

  4. thetooloftools says: Feb 2, 2014 11:22 PM

    “No no.. we have the man we wanted”
    another Jimmy Haslam lie.

  5. audient says: Feb 2, 2014 11:25 PM

    Count that as one reason, minor though it might seem, why there shouldn’t be a week off between the conference championships and the Super Bowl.

  6. jshawaii22 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:26 PM

    Dan Quinn is the #1 DC in football right now.

    The defense was good last year under the Jags new coach and it’s great this year under Quinn.

    They should of waited, but damn, I’m sure all Hawk fans are real happy they didn’t.


  7. realfootballfan says: Feb 2, 2014 11:28 PM

    Uh oh, Mike Pettine. Better win this year, or your replacement has just made himself known considering the quick trigger in Cleveland.

  8. lscratchingthesurface says: Feb 2, 2014 11:33 PM

    I wish the Chiefs would hire him to takeover our defense!!! Congrats Seahawks!!! Thanks for shutting down the broncos and their fans!!!

  9. pekkle007 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    Quinn, who? Who needs him! We got Pettine, Banner and Lombardi! Ha! – NOT…

  10. blackngold4life says: Feb 2, 2014 11:36 PM

    Common sence says to wait..but they was in such a frantic search they couldn’t. Quinn will be the 1st one to land a HC job next year..and it may still be in Cleveland

  11. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 2, 2014 11:41 PM

    Hands down the best secondary in the past 15 years. Let Wilson walk and sign Earl Thomas and Sherman. Can’t keep both. Run first all the way.

  12. j0esixpack says: Feb 2, 2014 11:46 PM

    The Browns must feel that the Seahawks defense is overrated

  13. meatcarroll says: Feb 2, 2014 11:52 PM

    This is why the Browns are the Browns.

  14. fitzmagic1212 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:57 PM

    Quinn will get a job next year for sure. seeing how cleveland treats coaches he may get his shot there.

  15. pnut87 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:03 AM

    That’s the picture you go with? You couldn’t find a better one?

  16. fumblenuts says: Feb 3, 2014 12:05 AM

    Please stay with the Hawks and let’s go win more Super Bowls!!!

  17. couldntthinkofaname says: Feb 3, 2014 12:20 AM

    LOL Even after they find a suck…uh, coach, the Browns coaching search is yielding laughs. Quinn, you’re better off in Seattle.

  18. tigerlilac says: Feb 3, 2014 12:21 AM

    This might sound like herasay but Belichick and Kraft should consider bringing him in as head coach, keeping Belichick in a Bill Walsh type role, and transform the defensive side of ball. As Bill would say, better to make change a year early than a year late. It would be an ideal job for a first time NFL head coach. Brady needs a defense that can get him the ball and stop the opponent.

  19. richardcolvinreid says: Feb 3, 2014 12:21 AM

    Please come save Dallas from carrot top.

  20. cefunding1 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:43 AM

    Yep. That sounds about right with the Browns.

  21. kosarsmyidol says: Feb 3, 2014 12:56 AM

    There’s always next year.

  22. tnrmadness says: Feb 3, 2014 1:10 AM

    You dodged a bullet Dan. Congrats on the victory tonight! Your defense took down the juggernaut.

  23. mayfieldroadboy says: Feb 3, 2014 1:19 AM

    But in the 2 weeks leading up to the SB, Quinn didn’t have a few hours to follow up on his initial interview for the position? He may be a hot commodity in 2015 … that’s if the “Seahawks don’t fly into the eye of a storm and flutter disastrously to earth.

  24. steelhammer92 says: Feb 3, 2014 1:41 AM

    Don’t worry Quinn… The Browns HC position will be open again next year at this time.

  25. asublimeday says: Feb 3, 2014 1:55 AM

    Browns franchise lays another hot stinky turd

  26. dkrause71 says: Feb 3, 2014 2:16 AM

    This is why all coaching hires should be frozen until after the Super Bowl. I have no stake in Cleveland or Seattle, but it kinda sucks for this guy being at a disadvantage when getting a head coaching job.

  27. machine64red2 says: Feb 3, 2014 2:45 AM

    Pour salt in wound……thank you Joe Banner, enjoy your last year in Cleveland

  28. seanx40 says: Feb 3, 2014 2:52 AM

    There will be a job in Miami very shortly.

  29. logicalcomment says: Feb 3, 2014 3:32 AM

    Unless they can hire John Schneider it doesn’t matter.

  30. easywolf says: Feb 3, 2014 4:23 AM

    Browns have the dumbest organization now, Oakland, NY jets and Vikings just passed the torch.

  31. TRsome says: Feb 3, 2014 4:28 AM

    Does this mean the Browns will be firing Pettine and re-opening their head coach search?

  32. pftbro says: Feb 3, 2014 5:53 AM

    This guy is full of himself, the world doesn’t revolve around him…

  33. bi49xfactor says: Feb 3, 2014 5:59 AM

    Browns jumped to fast just too hire someone,because alot of the candidates were pulling their name out of consideration, I think they settled on Mike Pettine, because he was the only guy that seemed generally interested. I think Dan Quinn would have been the smarter hire.

  34. anonymous135 says: Feb 3, 2014 6:41 AM

    What else is he supposed to say without shooting himself in the foot…???

    “I would have been interested in withdrawing my name from future considerations..”

    He’ll likely get his chance again with the Browns next year after they trade away Josh Gordon and win 3 more games than they would have otherwise. Or maybe new ownership… 🙂

  35. drfeelyouup says: Feb 3, 2014 7:03 AM

    You snooze you lose. Too bad for you clown. GO BROWNS!

  36. emmac13 says: Feb 3, 2014 7:19 AM

    He is a good/great coach. But he also has a half dozen household name defensive stars. Pettine had a Bills defense and I can only name one. The players play the game. Not the coach. 80%players 20%coaches

  37. habsfanatic says: Feb 3, 2014 7:21 AM

    Dont’ worry, it will be available next year!

  38. oldcracker says: Feb 3, 2014 7:26 AM

    I’m a lifelong Browns fan, and would’ve loved seeing Quinn get his chance with my team. But, with the 3-Stooges running things right now, I wouldn’t wish that on my in-laws!

    No, sadly for us, Mr. Quinn will have to wait for next year’s job opportunities. Meanwhile savor the SB win.

    I’m hoping, and closely watching Coach Putin, and the development of his staff. But, as long as it took the 3-Stooges to bring in that “Experienced HC, a proven winner” there aren’t many apples left on the tree.

    Note for Haslam – If the Steelers had that knee-jerk reaction with Nolan as you had with Chud, they wouldn’t be the Steelers we know.

  39. macbull says: Feb 3, 2014 7:28 AM

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda…

    SORRY, I have a hard time believing that Quinn would move from an organization where all the pieces fit to an organization were everyone is a “misfit”.

    Owner: S- P Allen, very rich, law abiding
    …………..B-J. Haslam could be behind bars

    CEO: S- McLoughlin, in charge of financial side
    ……….B- Banner, experience on financial side BUT, in charge of the football side of Browns

    GM: S- Schneider, played HS ball, injured in college, interned with Packers, starting junior year.
    ……B-Lombardi, some experience as football executive, recent claim to fame, NFL networks.

    Looking at the management teams, the people Quinn would be working under, Quinn would not take the job with the Browns. Next year Quinn will have a choice of open job.

    The Browns could not afford to wait and be turned down by Quinn. Truth is, the Browns with this management team, are lucky to get anyone to coach the Browns.

    Haslam must fix the management mess he created if the Browns are to move forward.

  40. baltimorons says: Feb 3, 2014 7:35 AM

    He’ll get his chance next year…with the Browns.

  41. municrew says: Feb 3, 2014 7:36 AM

    Even if he turned the job down, it would have been worth the wait to interview him again. They have obviously been doing something unique in Seattle and we could use that type if “change” here, not the same old change as hiring a guy on no ones radar. The Berea Braintrust has been a total disappointment so far, and it doesn’t look like the end is near. I’m not bettin’ on Pettine, I wanted Quinn to win!

  42. ballboy48 says: Feb 3, 2014 7:38 AM

    I’m just glad Adam Gase decided not to interview. We truly see who ran the offense in Denver, because it was apparent yesterday.

  43. eaglesw00t says: Feb 3, 2014 7:47 AM

    And the Factory of Sadness continues to produce its inferior product. Sorry Browns fans…as long as Banner is around, it only goes downhill

  44. citiciti says: Feb 3, 2014 7:52 AM

    Hey Mo.OIC.

  45. barkymingo says: Feb 3, 2014 8:12 AM

    Welp, time to fire Pettine and hire Quinn. He can break Chud’s record for shortest tenure with the Browns………

  46. Wisconsin77 says: Feb 3, 2014 8:14 AM

    lol, the Browns can’t do anything right.

  47. sewalters79 says: Feb 3, 2014 8:14 AM

    Well Dan, there’s always next year in Cleveland. You never know….

  48. seatownballers says: Feb 3, 2014 8:15 AM

    It’s a little late

  49. shaynecole says: Feb 3, 2014 8:27 AM

    Doesn’t matter. With the Reid Rule in effect there can’t be any more bald mustachioed coaches in the NFL.

  50. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 3, 2014 8:27 AM

    Akili Quinn IS A BUST.

  51. wwwmattcom says: Feb 3, 2014 8:45 AM

    Its crossing some minds to fire their coach in favor of this guy.

  52. britishteeth says: Feb 3, 2014 8:45 AM

    Pettine was still the better hire. He’s used to working for a joke of a franchise, so it will be a smooth transition to the Browns.

  53. pftmaniac says: Feb 3, 2014 8:57 AM

    Cleveland should fire their High School coach and hire this guy right now. After all, it’s been a few weeks since they fired a coach…

  54. ratbirdsrule says: Feb 3, 2014 8:59 AM

    What coaching? They just line up and play…there is no strategererery.

  55. steelerdeathstar says: Feb 3, 2014 9:05 AM

    Worst thing Cleveland could do now would be to kick up some controversy about whether they should have waited to maybe get Dan Quinn. They appear to have made a good hire with Mike Pettine, and should not look back.
    And really, with the players Quinn was given to work with in Seattle, most decent coaches would have been successful.

  56. pftstory says: Feb 3, 2014 9:17 AM

    John Schneider should get the lions share of credit for what Seattle is. He’s picked the right coach, coordinators and, most importantly, players for his vision.
    I’d need much more info before feeling Cle should have waited for a shot at Quinn.
    What can Quinn do with less? What can he do when he doesn’t have a full stable of horses?

  57. olskool711 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:45 AM


    Woof, woof, woof, woof

  58. ballboy48 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:48 AM

    I’m not taking anything away from Quinn at all, but it’d partly his fault for not interviewing during the bye week of the Super Bowl. In all honesty, Pettine is putting together a nice staff, and who is to say some of the coaches hired would’ve been available, had the Browns waited even longer. If rather have Pettine run the defense, than say, Jim Schwartz.

  59. oldcracker says: Feb 3, 2014 11:49 AM

    The Cleveland Mantra:

    “There’s always next year.”

  60. mrfrostyj says: Feb 3, 2014 8:02 PM

    If Quinn wanted the job he could have had it. He had the opportunity to do his second interview but chose to hold out. Sounds like his agent told him to gamble in hopes that all the Browns other candidates would pull out so that he could write his own check so to speak.

    Sorry armchair GM’s but Banner made the right call.

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