By Don Ruiz and Todd Dybas The News Tribune
RENTON – Success apparently will not be breaking up the Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff.
The final head coaching opening in the NFL closed Thursday when the Cleveland Browns announced the hiring of Mike Pettine as their 15th head coach.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had been mentioned in connection with several jobs since the end of the regular season but now apparently will remain in Seattle.
“I had a good visit with (the Browns), and a lot of respect certainly for their organization,” Quinn said Thursday. “… I also had a good visit with the guys at Minnesota. … Both those guys hired some great coaches. It was a great experience to go through, and then even more importantly having the support of (Seahawks executive VP and general manger John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll). I don’t think I could be more fortunate to have better bosses than those two.”
The Vikings last week hired Mike Zimmer, who had been defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Quinn apparently was a close runner-up for the Cleveland job, but lost out to Pettine, who had been defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that one factor working against Quinn was the delay that would be necessary before coming aboard, as he will continue to work through a Seahawks season that won’t end until their Feb. 2 Super Bowl date against the Denver Broncos.
Quinn said there is no frustration in that.
“None,” he said. “I couldn’t be more fired up to be part of moving forward here.”
Wright expects to be full go
K.J. Wright’s surgically repaired foot was sore Monday after the NFC title game. But, he’s feeling better now.
After playing at less than 100 percent against San Francisco, Wright said he expects to be at full strength for the Super Bowl.
Wright also didn’t have his full cardio after missing five weeks because of the foot surgery.
“I was just glad to be out there,” Wright said. “I played a limited amount of plays, which was probably the right amount of plays. I believe over the next two weeks, my foot should be 100 percent and I should be full go next Sunday.”
The Seahawks used Wright at strongside linebacker against San Francisco in order to limit how much running he had to do on his bad foot. Wright said he’ll be back at weakside this week and for the Super Bowl.
“I’ll be back at my old spot, doing what I normally do, covering tight ends and all that good stuff,” Wright said.
He’ll also be part of how the Seahawks try to get to Peyton Manning. Manning has been sacked 18 times in 18 games this season. He’s been basically untouched in the playoffs.
“It’s real tough,” Wright said. “We’ve got our hands full as far as timing our blitzes and trying to get to him to rattle him. We’ve got a good plan for him, but it’s going to be tough.”
In other health news, Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was held out of practice Thursday but reported that his hip is “doing well.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) also was held out, while defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) was limited. Wide receiver Percy Harvin (concussion) participated fully.
The Broncos participation report showed that defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (knee) and Matt Prater (illness) were held out, running back Knowshon Moreno (ribs) and defensive tackle Sione Fua (calf) were limited, while cornerback Tony Carter (shoulder), tight end Joel Dressen (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (knee), Chris Kuper (ankle), quarterback Peyton Manning (ankle) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (thumb) participated fully.