Seattle Seahawks coach Dan Quinn has revealed that he would've considered taking the Cleveland Browns job, had their CEO Joe Banner kept the position open until after Super Bowl XLVIII, reports NFL.com.
The 43-year-old defensive coordinator met with the Browns in early January, but said he owed it to Pete Carroll and his history-making team to delay a second interview until after the showpiece event at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey on February 2.
"I certainly would've been interested," Quinn told The Plain Dealer. "I mean, it's a big-time place. It's the Cleveland Browns.
"To me, it was important [to delay the second interview]. The relationship I have with these players, to understand we're all in it together - I couldn't be more proud to be part of that group."
Instead of waiting for Quinn - who played an integral part in the Seahawks defence's record-breaking season - the Browns announced the appointment of Mike Pettine as their new head coach two weeks ago.
After Pettine refused to be left in limbo any longer, Banner made the choice to go with the former Buffalo Bills and New York Jets DC, but admitted that it had been "the toughest decision" of the entire recruitment process.
It's likely that Quinn will now remain with the Seahawks, when they begin their defence of the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2014, following a 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.