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Dan Quinn hired by Seattle Seahawks

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn took a job with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Seattle Seahawks have announced that they have hired Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to fill the vacant defensive coordinator job left when Gus Bradley took the Jacksonville Jaguars head coaching job.

Quinn spent two years in Gainesville as a defensive coordinator, leaving his position as a defensive line coach in Seattle to join Will Muschamp's staff.

“I’m happy for Dan and this opportunity,” Muschamp said in a press release. “I’ve said before that I always encourage my staff when opportunities arise to take the next step in their career. Dan’s background is in the NFL and this is a great chance to go back to a place he’s familiar with."

Under Quinn's eye, the Gators finished fifth nationally in scoring and total defense in 2012.

With Quinn leaving, Florida will be forced to hire its fourth defensive coordinator in the past three years.

"My wife Stacey and I loved our time in Gainesville," Quinn said in a release. "The last two years have been an awesome experience working for Will and Mr. (Jeremy) Foley and with a bunch of talented, great players and coaches. Even though we'll be in Seattle, we look forward to keeping track of the Gators in the future."

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