Now that the Florida Gators' defense is playing at an elite level, some are wondering whether defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will soon return to the NFL, where he coached for 10 years. Quinn said Wednesday that he loves coaching under Will Muschamp at Florida, and that a return to the professional game is not really on his mind at this time, via Gainesville.com:
"Not as much in terms of trying to think too far ahead. We move enough in this profession as it is. To be honest with you, I really enjoy it here, and enjoy working for Will. Basically, it's a good place. You can get good players here. We can win here. It's an easy place to like, if that makes sense."
Florida is currently 9-1, and that's mostly in part to a stout defense that is third in the nation in points allowed per game at 12.9. The most points the Gators have given up this season is 20, which has occurred twice. In terms of yards per game, the Gators are fifth in the country, giving up just 284.9 per contest.
Quinn was hired by Muschamp to be Florida's defensive coordinator in 2011. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.