Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Henrietta Brewer
January 10, 2018

The Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven seasons, according to multiple media reports.

Seattle has not yet announced the move, which was first reported late Tuesday night by KJR reporter Curtis Crabtree and has since been confirmed by other outlets.

Bevell acknowledged the difficulties of the season during his final press conference of the year, and likely, with the Seahawks.

Last season, cornerback Richard Sherman screamed at the coaching staff after Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin on the one-yard line in a Thursday night game against the Rams.

A source told the Times earlier Tuesday that the team was still evaluating coaching positions in the wake of a 9-7 season that saw Seattle miss the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

More details are in this ESPN story. But Bevell became an exceedingly unpopular figure among Seahawks fans, especially after Seattle lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots on an interception at the goal line, costing them a second straight world championship.

One potential candidate to replace Bevell is Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. "It's not playcalling", Baldwin said, when asked what ailed Seattle's offense.

"We've already seen how that goes", he explained to reporters.

And another could be Mike Shula, who was sacked as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers earlier this week and was the head coach at Alabama from 2003-06. We don't execute as a team. "You guys can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter is that Bev's not the problem".

A former quarterback at Wisconsin, Bevell came to Seattle in 2011 after serving as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator for the previous five seasons.

Offensive line coach Tom Cable has also come under much criticism for the performance of a group that many have pointed to as one of the primary issues for the offense - Seattle was just 23rd in the National Football League in rushing this season at 101.8 per game after ranking in the top four every year from 2012-15, seasons when Lynch was the team's primary ball carrier. His units finished in the top three in points allowed in both 2015 and 2016 before falling to 13th this past season. The trademark running game over the past two seasons has withered, a span that coincides with the departure of Marshawn Lynch.

But Seattle fell to 23rd in rushing in 2017, with Wilson leading the team on the ground with 586 yards. Cable, who joined Seattle's staff the same year as Bevell, is also not assured of being brought back next season.

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