Who Exactly Is Dan Quinn?

Certain things have been beaten to death among Gator fans. Addazio’s suckage, Meyer leaving, Addazio sucks, Meyer’s a crybaby, no he’s not, Muschamp and Weis coming aboard, try to stop our offense, try to score on us.

One thing that has gone unnoticed is the arrival of Dan Quinn, our defensive coordinator. Obviously, with a defensive minded coach like Will Muschamp, he’s not going to be the head of the defense. But he will be Muschamp’s second in command, which is a very important job- in anything, from sports to war to business.

So who is he?

He played defensive line for Salisbury State for three years from 1990-1993, and right away got a job as a DL coach at William & Mary. The following year, 1995, he accepted a job at VMI at the same position.

1996 was when both the Florida Gators and Quinn began to really get their names up there as new, hot things in college football. Quinn got the DL job at Hofstra and stayed there for 4 very good years. In his fifth year, 2000, he was named defensive coordinator.

He then decided to spend some time in the professional ranks, joining the San Francisco 49ers at various positions, including DL, LB and DC. During his time there, San Francisco’s defense slowly improved. The most memorable moment for Quinn came when the 49ers were getting manhandled by the New York Giants by 24 in the playoffs, and the 49ers defense suddenly buckled down and harrassed Giants QB Kerry Collins the rest of the day. The Giants’ offense sputtered and San Fran came all the way back to win on a strange penalty on a field goal as time expired.

As a Giants fan, I was pissed. I was 8 years old then, and in my first year of really following the intricacies of the game. But it was easy to tell that the Giants couldn’t do a thing because the 49ers defensive line was walking through gaps as easily as if they were walking through their own front door. And Quinn coached that unit.

After the 2004 season, Quinn left to become a member of Nick Saban’s crew at Miami. He didn’t do badly, but his whole time there was marred by Saban’s unhappiness, so it’s not that easy to judge him by that.

In 2007, Quinn took the same DL coach job with the Jets. Again, he didn’t do badly, but the Jets were abysmal as a team his two years there, so you cannot take much from his time there either. Nobody remembers a defensive line that finished 13th in sacks when the team was 4-12. 2008 wasn’t a whole lot better, either.

Then Quinn took the job with the Seahawks in 2009 when Rex Ryan did not retain him. He had two above average years, where his defense had a habit of forcing big fumbles. Most notably, he harrassed Drew Brees in the playoffs this past season and the Seahawks shocked everybody by beating New Orleans in the opening round.

So, overall, a good, but not great resume.

So why did Muschamp take him?

Two reasons: he worked under Saban and he harps on forcing turnovers.

A friend of Saban’s is a friend of Muschamp’s, and that’s just fine and dandy with me. As much as I dislike Saban, I have to admire him. And now, I’m thankful for him and his coaching tree.

Obviously, Quinn working in the pro ranks helped him, as Muschamp wanted a guy who worked in both college and pro. I think the reason for that is that these guys are used to really pushing grown men to their limits, they can certainly do it to college kids. But I cannot speak for Muschamp.

What I can say is that Quinn is likely going to be here awhile. Muschamp can train him and polish him, but this isn’t Kirby Smart. He isn’t a year or two away from filling his resume for a head coaching job. He’s had a good resume, but how many other coaches do too? Good isn’t enough for a head coaching job. And there isn’t anywhere better to go than Florida. There are places AS good- Alabama, Ohio State, USC, LSU, etc.- but those are all lateral moves. And coaches don’t like lateral moves.

So- good hire, coach Muschamp. Time will tell if it’s a great one.

5 thoughts on “Who Exactly Is Dan Quinn?

  1. Quinn is an excellent coach. His defenses have always been good in spite of the offenses his teams had.

    Plus, he’s an extension of WM which is a bonus, and he’s part of a the Belichick tree, which Meyer began and WM took to another level.

    Also, he’s a roid fueled psycho, Lattimer style, who’ll get the team motivated.

    Interesting note – years ago I put forth the “Bill tree theory” and how pretty much every Super Bowl winning team since 1985 was from a Bill lineage, the two men mostly responsible for the NFL game as we know it.

    Listed are the winners since the 1980 season and their lineage and notice how it becomes more obvious as time goes one:

    XV Oakland Raiders – NA
    XVI San Francisco 49ers – Bill Walsh
    XVII Washington Redskins – NA
    XVIII Los Angeles Raiders – NA
    XIX San Francisco 49ers – Bill Walsh
    XX Chicago Bears – NA
    XXI New York Giants – Bill Parcells
    XXII Washington Redskins – NA
    XXIII San Francisco 49ers – Bill Walsh
    XXIV San Francisco 49ers – George Siefert (Walsh)
    XXV New York Giants – Bill Parcells
    XXVI Washington Redskins – NA
    XXVII Dallas Cowboys – NA
    XXVIII Dallas Cowboys – NA
    XXIX San Francisco 49ers – George Siefert (Walsh)
    XXX Dallas Cowboys – NA
    XXXI Green Bay Packers – Mike Holmgren (Walsh)
    XXXII Denver Broncos – Mike Shanahan (Walsh)
    XXXIII Denver Broncos – Mike Shanahan (Walsh)
    XXXIV St. Louis Rams – NA
    XXXV Baltimore Ravens – Brian Billick (Walsh)
    XXXVI New England Patriots – Bill Belichick (Parcells)
    XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers – John Gruden (Walsh)
    XXXVIII New England Patriots – Bill Belichick (Parcells)
    XXXIX New England Patriots – Bill Belichick (Parcells)
    XL Pittsburgh Steelers – NA (Bill Cowher, a different Bill but a Bill nonetheless)
    XLI Indianapolis Colts – Tony Dungy (Walsh)
    XLII New York Giants – Tom Coughlin (Parcells)
    XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Tomlin (Walsh)
    XLIV New Orleans Saints – Sean Payton (double whammy, Parcells and Walsh)
    XLV Green Bay Packers – Mike McCarthy (Walsh)

    Also, if you want to win a Super Bowl, your odds are WAY better when your QB has a one syllable name.

    Last year Aa-ron Rodgers joined E-li and Pey-ton as anomalies of recent times.

    XV Oakland Raiders – Jim/Dan
    XVI San Francisco 49ers – Joe
    XVII Washington Redskins – Joe
    XVIII Los Angeles Raiders – Jim
    XIX San Francisco 49ers – Joe
    XX Chicago Bears – Jim
    XXI New York Giants – Phil
    XXII Washington Redskins –Doug/Jay
    XXIII San Francisco 49ers – Joe
    XXIV San Francisco 49ers – Joe
    XXV New York Giants – Phil/Jeff
    XXVI Washington Redskins – Mark
    XXVII Dallas Cowboys – Troy
    XXVIII Dallas Cowboys – Troy
    XXIX San Francisco 49ers – Steve
    XXX Dallas Cowboys – Troy
    XXXI Green Bay Packers – Brett
    XXXII Denver Broncos – John
    XXXIII Denver Broncos – John
    XXXIV St. Louis Rams – Kurt
    XXXV Baltimore Ravens – Trent
    XXXVI New England Patriots – Tom
    XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tom
    XXXVIII New England Patriots – Tom
    XXXIX New England Patriots – Tom
    XL Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben
    XLI Indianapolis Colts – Peyton
    XLII New York Giants – Eli
    XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben
    XLIV New Orleans Saints – Drew
    XLV Green Bay Packers – Aaron

    The fewer syllables your qb’s first name has, the better your chances. Also, the more classic (Joe, Tom, John etc) the better the odds.

    It’s why guys like Matt, Joe, Josh, Mark Colt and Sam are doing well and why Matthew, Alex and Jimmy not so much.

    It’s why Cam and Blaine have a chance. Christian, Andy, Colin and Ryan not so much.

    Exception – Jake is one syllable, but it’s a child’s name.

    Reference the last Jake who played QB

  2. Love the psycho style coaches bone, my former d coordinator was one and he always had us motivated to go out and kill someone every week

  3. Nice Read Neil;)

    I can’t wait to see some INTENSITY:o

    What a contrast between the OC & the DC.

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