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Dan Quinn Leaving Cowboys as 'Package Deal' with Chip Kelly for Seahawks? Rumor

Dan Quinn Leaving Dallas Cowboys as 'Package Deal' with Chip Kelly for Seattle Seahawks? Rumor
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FRISCO - Chip Kelly's time as a head coach in the NFL was ... eventful. But he is surely still seen by some as an innovative offensive coordinator candidate - and maybe that's why there is now a rumor that he might leave UCLA to jump to the Seattle Seahawks as a "package deal'' with Dallas Cowboys top assistant Dan Quinn.

Quinn, we already know, is a coveted candidate for a head coaching job, and the Cowboys are already preparing for a likely departure.

Kelly and Quinn

Kelly and Quinn

Who's idea is it that he would team up with Kelly, the former Eagles and Niners head coach, in Seattle, where Quinn was once a Super Bowl coordinator? That we do not know. But a tweet from a reporter in the Seattle region suggests a connection.

"Hearing that not only is an NFL-return likely for former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, but that it could take the form of a "package deal" with Cowboys DC Dan Quinn,'' writes Shane Hoffman. "The Seahawks are a likely destination.''

There is speculation that Kelly would be walking away from a great deal of UCLA money - about $6 million annually - to make the move. But Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports has noted that Kelly’s name has “been on the lips of candidates and teams alike in recent weeks” as a possible NFL offensive coordinator, so unless Kelly is simply floating this out there as a way of getting a raise to stay with the Bruins, it could have legs.

Kelly and the Bruins are coming off an 8-5 campaign that included a 4-5 record in Pac-12 play. Over his six years with the Bruins, Kelly's record there is 35-34.

Kelly spent four years as an NFL head coach, with a record of 26-21 with the Eagles from 2013 through ’15 before going 2-14 with the 49ers in ’16.

Maybe most telling about the rumor/report: While Quinn - the overseer in Dallas of one of the NFL's best takeaway teams ever - is certainly a guy with some Seattle-area ties, Kelly has a similar resume item, as from 2009 to 2012 he coached Oregon to an impressive 46-7 record.