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Morning links: DC Quinn likes speed at LB

Ian Furness of KJR-AM talked with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in this audio link. Quinn said his approach and philosophy will be similar to the one already put in place by departing defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and head coach Pete Carroll.

“I think you’ll see a lot of similarities in terms of the approach, information, game planning and in terms of getting the players ready,” Quinn said. “It was important for me to leave and have the ability to do that (serve as defensive coordinator) down in Florida, and hopefully add some things to the package as well.”

And asked if he’ll blitz more than Bradley, Quinn was vague as to what his approach will be this season.

“I think you’ll see a pretty good mix of times where we’re going to bring extra rushers, and times where we’re rushing with four,” Quinn said. “So I would hope that at the end you’d see a good mix of those.”

But Quinn did say he likes the speed Seattle has at linebacker, with K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith all guys who can rush the passer and drop back in coverage.

“I think the thing that jumps out is just the speed of those guys who are playing linebacker,” Quinn said. “Sometimes that translates into being a good blitzer. Sometimes it doesn’t. But the versatility for us is having a guy who can play on the end of the line, show the ability to cover, and then now when you add the pass rush element to it, I think that’s when you really develop as a player.”

Quinn also talked about new additions defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel. It's worth a listen.

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