Super Bowl coordinators going nowhere

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 3:15 am •  Published: January 30, 2014
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Super Bowl coordinators would seem ripe for the head coaching market. Yet the four in Sunday's game aren't going anywhere.

At least not to other NFL teams as the field boss, because all openings have been filled.

That's too bad, say members of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

It's also good.

"I definitely feel like he will make a great head coach," Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said Wednesday of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. "He's very positive, knows how to lead and teach, and players feed off that.

"But I'm also glad he's going to be here."

As will offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Quinn was interviewed by Minnesota and Cleveland this month, while Bevell was in the mix for the top job with the Vikings and Redskins.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has built a coaching staff marked by its enthusiasm, aggressiveness and willingness to think outside the box. As Bevell says, Seattle is a "fun place" to be coaching.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin looks forward to future work with Bevell.

"He really knows how to communicate," Baldwin said. "He's approachable and he listens to players. Plus, he has a great offensive mind.

"He doesn't just put in play, he explains them and then he explains the different concepts for running a specific play at a specific time. That helps you learn it like the back of your hand."

The praise is equally effusive for Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio in Denver.

Gase moved up to offensive coordinator when Mike McCoy left to become San Diego's head coach after last season. At 35, he is 2 years younger than his quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Gase opted off the coaching carousel when it began to spin in early January, although Broncos boss John Elway gave Minnesota and Cleveland permission to speak with Gase.

"Most coaches would say 'Hey, that's my final goal,'" Gase said. "But I can't keep looking in the rearview mirror and saying, 'Hey, I turned this down and I've never gotten another opportunity.' I just felt like it was the right thing for me at that time."