Browns zeroing in on Quinn?
I expect the Browns to put the full-court press on Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn this week. They have no reason not to.
Quinn leads the league's best defense and is headed to the Super Bowl -- with his unit the primary reason why. Seattle's previous defensive coordinator, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, finished 4-4 in the second half of the season and beat the Browns, who finished 0-7 before firing rookie head coach Rob Chudzinski. You can sell Quinn as an upgrade and the reality is, he was the first person the Browns interviewed after firing their coach.
And as much as people want to rip the Browns -- and I get all of that -- the reality is nothing has changed about this job since Quinn interviewed for it. It may be a "bad job" and the decision to fire Chudzinski after one season opens up the front office for ample criticism, but from the time they interviewed him originally until now, nothing has really changed. I mean, Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pulled out of contention after he was not assured the job would be his after his interview, but what does that really matter to Quinn?
Quinn had a strong interview with the Browns and was informed the process could take several weeks. The team very well might want to talk to him again during the bye week before the Super Bowl. And that's what is expected to come down. There isn't anything else the Browns could have done with Quinn between that first interview and now, and the fact is they are the only job open right now. They don't have to worry about some other team sneaking in and grabbing their guy. There is no detriment to being patient (especially when the fallback plans are much less attractive).
Quinn remains interested in the job, sources said, and there is no shortage of talent on defense for the Browns to appeal to him. If they can draft a quarterback and a running back, who knows? The bottom line is Quinn was intrigued as soon as the regular season ended and I don't see why he would be any less intrigued now.
Waiting for Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase to -- perhaps -- interview with them sometime after the Super Bowl doesn't make much sense. That's a little too patient from the Cleveland standpoint, and Gase could easily still leave them at the altar even if he does decide to interview. Making the best bid for Quinn and trying to get a handshake deal in place is the way I would go. We'll see what the Browns come up with.