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Coaching world turns in NFC West

A year ago, Teryl Austin left the Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff to become defensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

Urban Meyer's resignation as Gators coach led to a staff change at Florida, clearing the way for Dan Quinn, the Seattle Seahawks' defensive line coach the last two seasons, to take the job Austin held. This is a natural step for Quinn, who has a strong reputation. Quinn has aspirations to become a head coach eventually, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday during his day-after-game news conference.

Quinn played a role in Red Bryant's conversion from defensive tackle to defensive end, a move that helped Seattle field an effective run defense until Bryant suffered a season-ending knee injury at Oakland.

We should expect additional staff changes in the division over the coming days. The San Francisco 49ers will surely change up their staff once they hire a new head coach. The Arizona Cardinals appear likely to make changes, particularly on the defensive side, following a 5-11 season.