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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rutgers' Kyle Flood plans to chat with Seahawks' Dan Quinn in offseason

The Seahawks' Dan Quinn, right, spent four season with Kyle Flood as a Hofstra assistant. (AP photo)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — In an effort to pick the mind of one of the NFL's emerging defensive coordinators, head coach Kyle Flood said Wednesday he will talk to the Seattle Seahawks' Dan Quinn during the offseason about the team's talented secondary.

Flood and Quinn, a Morristown native, were assistants at Hofstra from 1997-2000. 

"(Bigger defensive backs are) certainly popular with what just happened in the Super Bowl," Flood said. "I know a lot of people have talked about it out a lot in Seattle. ...  I'm looking forward to (talking to Quinn)."

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Quinn's Seahawks led the NFL in scoring defense at 14.4 points per game en route to winning Sunday's Super Bowl. He served as the University of Florida's defensive coordinator the previous two seasons.

Quinn could be a hot head coaching candidate within a year after declining to talk with the Browns, writes Greg Bedard of the MMQB.

Rutgers, meanwhile, ranked 100th nationally in pass efficiency defense in 2013.

"We've added some tall, long bodies (in this recruiting class)," Flood said during National Signing Day.  "But what I've noticed since becoming a head coach and being more involved in special teams is this:  Those tall, long bodies, guys like Brandon Jones, Marcus Cooper and Logan Ryan, they don't just help you at corner, they help you in special teams.  And that's kind of the unwritten story of needing those type of bodies on your team."

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