"They won a Super Bowl last year," Mayock explained, "because their defense was significantly better than any offense they played in the playoffs."
Sherman hasn't allowed a completion in three weeks. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor remain the NFL's model single-high/box safety combination. Seahawks corners boast the lowest passer rating in the league for the third consecutive season. Despite the mid-season swoon due to a litany of injuries, the defense is allowing only 1 more yard per game than they did last year. The past two opponents have combined for just one play over 17 yards.
Seattle's ongoing hegemony in the NFL's defensive rankings raises an obvious question about Quinn's future.
If teams come calling again, Quinn told TheMMQB.com's Peter King that Carroll will encourage the opportunity.
"When the time comes, I feel I'll be ready to take that step," Quinn said. "What's great about coaching for Pete is that a lot of coaches do all they can to keep their staffs together -- Pete wants you to get ready to take a (head-coaching) job."
Asked about the potential of a Super Bowl run inhibiting his chances for a second straight offseason, Quinn quipped, "I hope it does."
In addition to his rapidly expanding résumé, that team-first loyalty will endear Quinn to prospective owners during next month's interview process.