Former Sea Gull Dan Quinn (class of 1994) has been on a meteoric rise in the football coaching ranks. On Sunday, Feb. 2, he led the Seattle Seahawk defense, as defensive coordinator, to one of the most dominant victories in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Here are some stories about Quinn from around the nation:
The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.): "Just Dan: Former Sea Gull football star - now on the biggest stage - hasn't forgotten his roots"
Dan Quinn stood in the coaches box at Sea Gull Stadium sporting a headset and surveying the field with a look of reflective intensity. Salisbury quarterback Len Annetta was down on the field looking up at his teammate and roommate trying to decide exactly what to make of it.
It was 1993, just a day after the team lost to Frostburg State College during his final season in a Sea Gulls uniform and Quinn, one of the team's starting defensive linemen, stood in the coaches box while the freshman team was getting ready for a game against Montgomery College.
Annetta, still stewing over the Saturday loss on Sunday afternoon, just shook his head...
ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning (national) radio appearance
Star-Ledger (N.J.): "Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn taking Morristown roots to Super Bowl and beyond"
Before Dan Quinn heads up to the coaching booth for each game, he meets with every unit of his defense. First the linemen, then the linebackers, finally, the secondary. He gives them a few final bits of knowledge before huddling up. It gives the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator one last personal connection between himself, his players and the game plan he has prepared.
It was like this before the NFC divisional round game against the New Orleans Saints three weeks ago. It was like this before the NFC Championship Game a week after that. It will be the same when Quinn walks out onto the field at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII this evening...
Daily Record (Morris County, N.J.): "Morristown's Quinn celebrates Super Bowl victory at home"
After patiently answering reporters' questions for about 20 minutes Dan Quinn charged through a crowd on the other side of the makeshift interview room outside MetLife Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator wanted to congratulate safety Earl Thomas.
Thomas saw the coach reaching over the backs of assembled reporters, and grinned.
"I told you, anything you're going to call, it's going to work," he said.
Quinn watched his corps do almost everything right in a 43-8 drubbing of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night. It was the biggest victory of Quinn's professional life — and he did it at home...
CBSsports.com (National): "Dan Quinn: 'I certainly would've been interested' in Browns job"
Remember the debacle that was the Browns' head-coaching search? You know, how candidates kept taking themselves out of the running (Josh McDaniels, Todd Bowles, Adam Gase, for instance) and how the franchise waited longer than anybody else in the NFL to hire somebody before giving the job to Mike Pettine -- which turned out to be one of the least-exciting hires of the new coaching class?
Well, here's another punch in the gut for Cleveland fans.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn -- whose unit just stuffed one of the best offenses in NFL history en route to the Super Bowl XLVIII title -- said after the game that he would have had interest in the Browns job...
Morristown Patch (Morristown, N.J.): "Seahawks' Coordinator Masterminds Defensive Scheme in Super Bowl Win"
Defense wins championships, and Dan Quinn is now proof of that.
The Morris Township native made sure of that in Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVIII game that saw the Seattle Seahawks dominate the Denver Broncos in a 43-8 victory.
Quinn, the Seahawks defensive coordinator, has plenty to be proud of after the franchise's first championship. His squad nabbed four turnovers in the game and scored a touchdown, recorded a safety and a sack against the NFL's most prolific single-season scoring machine...