Posted by Jerry Hinnen
After some false starts and blind alleys, Will Muschamp has his right-hand man on the Florida defensive staff, as Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn will become the Gators new defensive coordinator , the Gainesville Sun has reported. Quinn will officially join the Gator staff following the Seahawks' (probably short-lived) playoff run
Forgive Gator fans, though, for wondering if maybe one of those alleys (particularly the one labeled "Kirby Smart") might have led somewhere more exciting than Quinn. Muschamp is familiar with Quinn from their brief shared tenure working under Nick Saban for the Miami Dolphins, where Muschamp served as Saban's defensive coordinator and Quinn coached the defensive line, but Quinn has no prior experience as a coordinator at the FBS level -- he spent one season as the DC for the since-terminated Hofstra program in 2000 -- and hasn't been a college coach in any capacity in a decade.
The good news is that with Muschamp around, the Gators could have promoted Albert and Alberta Gator to co-defensive coordinators and still have more than enough defensive know-how to get the job done. Quinn has precious little experience calling defensive plays (particularly against the spread that's becoming the ever-more-predominant college base offense), but if Muschamp handles that responsibility, Quinn's NFL seasoning and Saban/Muschamp grooming should make him a useful stragegist all the same. The biggest hurdle might be learning the recruiting ropes at a major program like Florida, but the Gators have never seriously struggled in that department regardless of who was on staff.
So is Quinn a home run hire? No. But Muschamp knows what he's getting and knows from defensive coaches, so until/unless Quinn proves him wrong, he'll also deserve the benefit of the doubt.