Team sources confirmed the Seahawks hired former Tampa Bay linebackers coach Casey Bradley as the team's defensive coordinator, and Dan Quinn, a defensive line coach with the New York Jets, as the team's defensive line/assistant head coach.
Deals for the two coaches will not be final until Monday.
"They offered me the job and I accepted," Bradley told The Tampa Tribune. "I signed the contract a little while ago."
Bradley was one of three candidates who interviewed for the defensive coordinator job this week. That group also included Quinn and Mel Tucker, defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.
It was believed that Rod Marinelli, the recently fired Detroit Lions head coach, had interviewed for the defensive coordinator position. However, according to a team source, Marinelli interviewed for a defensive line position. Marinelli accepted a job as defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Mora liked Quinn, 38, enough to hire him for a different position. Quinn and Mora also have a history of working together, with Quinn working as part of Mora's defensive staff from 2001 to 2004 in San Francisco. Quinn worked the last two seasons as the Jets' defensive line coach
Some NFL observers may see the Bradley hiring as Tim Ruskell, the Seahawks’ president and general manager, reaching back to his roots in Tampa Bay. However, Bradley was not coaching with the Buccaneers when Ruskell was in Tampa Bay; Bradley came highly recommended by former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Bradley has never been a defensive coordinator in the NFL. But it is believed that Mora will call the defensive plays next season, similar to how Mike Holmgren handled the offensive play-calling in Seattle. So Bradley will likely be in charge of putting together the defensive game plan while getting familiar with Mora's defensive philosophy, similar to the role ex-Seahawks offensive coordinator Gil Haskell filled for Holmgren.
Bradley joined Tampa Bay's coaching staff in 2006, serving as the team's defensive quality control coach. The next two years he worked as the linebackers coach.
Before that, Bradley worked for 10 seasons at North Dakota State, his alma mater, where he worked six years as assistant head coach. Bradley also served as defensive coordinator for North Dakota State from 1997-2002, and also in 2005.
The NFL Network also reported on Saturday that Joe Barry, former defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions and the son-in-law of Marinelli, has been hired as the Seahawks’ linebackers coach. However, a team source said that report is premature.
With Bradley and Quinn now on the Seattle's staff, former defensive coordinator John Marshall and defensive line coach Dwaine Board will have different roles with the team if they remain with the Seahawks. Marshall stepped in as the team's defensive coordinator when Ray Rhodes suffered a mild stroke just before the 2005 season. Board has served as the team's defensive line coach since 2003.
Ruskell said he would like the team's coaching staff to be in place by the time the Senior Bowl is played on Jan. 24. However, completing the coaching staff could stretch out to the end of January."It's a process," Ruskell said. "And we're going through it, and we want to do it right and be fair. So, this is a hard time. This is a hard time for everybody. We're going to put together the best staff we possibly can."