Dan Quinn says he was interested in coaching gig

Dan Quinn says he was interested in coaching gig

Cleveland Browns fans took another shot to the gut last night after an already embarrassing start to the off-season.

Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, whose defensive unit put on one of the greatest defensive performances in a Super Bowl, said following the game Sunday night that he did have interest in the Cleveland head coaching gig.

"I certainly would have been interested," Quinn said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday night, "I mean, it's a big time place. It's Cleveland."

The Browns had a rough time finding their guy to take over the reigns after firing Rob Chudzinski, with candidates like Josh McDaniels and Adam Gase publicly declining interest in the job.

Cleveland would have had to wait to have their second interview with Quinn, who made the decision to wait until after the Super Bowl was over.

"To me, it was important," Quinn said. "The relationship I have with these players, to understand we're all in it together -- I couldn't be more proud to be part of that group."

Instead, Cleveland chose not to wait and hired Mike Pettine, who was defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills last season. The Bills finished 10th in the NFL defensively this year, while the Seahawks defense finished number one and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy above their heads after a dominating performance over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII victory Sunday night.

Quinn will remain in charge of the Seahawks defense for at lease another season. He is likely to be considered a top candidate for teams searching for a head coach after the upcoming 2014 season.

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