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Seahawks give Darrell Bevell new contract

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Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is staying in Seattle after being pursued for a handful of head coaching vacancies around the league.

Now he has a new deal in Seattle.

According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Seahawks gave Bevell a new contract to remain as their offensive coordinator.

Bevell was one of three finalists for the Chicago Bears job that ultimately went to Marc Trestman. Bevell interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday before Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians accepted the job Thursday evening.

Bevell was also scheduled to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars before Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley took the job Thursday morning.

Part of the reason Bevell was in demand was because of the improvement of the Seahawks offense over the final half of the season. Seattle had been averaging just 16.6 points per game through the first seven weeks of the season. The Seahawks added tweaked their offense and added more zone-read concepts to cater to quarterback Russell Wilson mid-season and the offense took off.

The Seahawks went 8-3 over the final 11 games of the season (including the playoffs) and averaging 31.6 points per game over that span.

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29 Responses to “Seahawks give Darrell Bevell new contract”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    And all the roads he can eat.

  2. canadianbucsfan says: Jan 17, 2013 11:06 PM

    Seattle’s offense should be very scary next year.. Wilson has a year under his belt and will only get better, Lynch and Turbin are 2 guys teams aren’t looking forward to tackling cause there BEASTS, Zach miller and a solid WR group..

  3. twmp420 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:11 PM

    They didn’t want to lose their oc like the just lost their dc.

    So they had to give him that MONEY.

    But they are not going to beat the 9ers.

    This year was a fluke.

  4. hawksfanallday says: Jan 17, 2013 11:14 PM

    Glad he stayed for the sake of wilsons development.

  5. billsncowboys says: Jan 17, 2013 11:16 PM

    He could easily be a HC! Seattle’s lucky to have him as Their D co-ordinator

  6. hendeeze says: Jan 17, 2013 11:23 PM

    If he is really this good, a contract extension as a OC really means nothing more then a 1 year raise, and a HC job for him next year.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:25 PM

    Why.

  8. beastmode5150 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:35 PM

    Continuity, love it, go hawks!

  9. dannyreneau says: Jan 17, 2013 11:37 PM

    This makes me happy.

  10. greyhawk9 says: Jan 17, 2013 11:47 PM

    hope the hawks can keep him around for the next few years at least.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2013 11:52 PM

    They gave him some of the money they were paying Bradley to bump up his own salary. Hawks don’t think Derrell will have trouble handling both jobs, though it may mean he has to spend a few more hours each day at the facility.

  12. goldenperspective says: Jan 18, 2013 12:00 AM

    Why is it always presumed that teams are running zone read schemes to “cater” to the qb? I think they run the option because they can. These boys are no joke, Cam, RG3,Russell(i hate to admit it but it is true), and My personal favorite CK7. Not only can they run the option, they can fling the rock and make all throws.

  13. crimhollingsworth says: Jan 18, 2013 12:08 AM

    Niners fan here- I was kinda hoping Bevell would get a job somewhere else. They’ve crafted a nice offense and run it very well. The genius of it is how similar the plays are- almost always a play action look with the threat of Wilson outside/Lynch inside. If it’s pass they give a max protection look with 3 guys running routs, then the backs slip out at the last second. If the coverage is good and the lb’s cover the flats, uh-oh now the middle of the field is open for Wilson to scramble.

  14. dennisatunity says: Jan 18, 2013 12:14 AM

    The offense certainly delivered on the goods during the second half of the season. We’ve learned that John Schneider and Pete Carroll are pretty darn smart, so if they feel that Bevell played a major role in that success, I have to admit that I trust them. Let’s hope that Bevell, Wilson, and the offense do more than just continue that success next season–let’s hope that they build on it and just explode offensively!

  15. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:16 AM

    Bevell has done a decent job but sometimes he can be VERY predictable. I would like to see the Hawks draft a few TOP-FLIGHT receivers to give Wilson good targets.

    Another thing Bevell should do is get RB Robert Turbin more involved with passes out of the backfield, dude has some wheels to bust it open.

  16. stampnhawk says: Jan 18, 2013 12:55 AM

    While the Seahawks improvement on offense was due to Wilson and Wilson alone, I have said it in other threads that Bevell was smart enough to be able to transition from an offense designed around Flynn, and in 4 or 5 weeks from the second week of training camp to the first few weeks of the regular season, changed it around to Wilson.

    Then, although holding some of the playbook back, finally let Wilson go with the full playbook a few weeks later, and the season turned around quickly.

    Other OC’s would try and force their rookie QB into their system, thinking they know better, and Bevell didn’t do that.

    And, the continuity thing is a positive for a young QB in getting comfortable…ask Sam Bradford about all the OC’s he’s had in his short career.

  17. yourmomcalled says: Jan 18, 2013 12:56 AM

    They finally opened the playbook and Wilson made Bevell look like a genius.

  18. filipinoviking says: Jan 18, 2013 1:03 AM

    Amazing what one can accomplish without Childress micro managing your playcalling…Bevell deserves some blame for bring over TheVirus Jackson.

  19. scoobaj says: Jan 18, 2013 1:41 AM

    Russ Wilson’s attitude and that awe inspiring belief in hard work is the best possible foundation for that entire organization to build on, every player wants a leader like that on and off the field

  20. bman69 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:30 AM

    Great news for Russell, he will be calling plays by week 4. Full year of training camp, and learning the playbook by heart., watch out nfl, seattle will be scoring 31 points in the first half !!

  21. jtylert says: Jan 18, 2013 3:28 AM

    Seattle coordinator focus should be on keeping Tom Cable forever

  22. hawkswillwinachipinthenext5yearsguarunteed says: Jan 18, 2013 6:14 AM

    Great started worrying we would lose both of them but that’s great for next year with the way Russell grew learning from Darrell so I expect us to pick up where we left off n that was on the top of the NFL. Woooooooooo Go Hawks

  23. mungman69 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:26 AM

    He’ll get his chance. He’s just a real good coach.

  24. sterling7 says: Jan 18, 2013 6:30 AM

    How lucky can you get? As a Viking 4life since 68 Darrell Bevell was absolutely worthless in the time he spent here. Rather than judge him from riding the coattails of Russell Wilson’s genius, judge Darrell Bevell on the magic he performed with Tarvaris Jackson and the four consecutive years they spent together at both Minnesota and Seattle? Darrell Bevell should be giving Russell Wilson a BIG CUT of his new contract…………

  25. bert1913 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:03 AM

    When teams found out that Darrell Bevell couldn’t bring Russell Wilson with him, they all passed.

    For the “tweaking” of the offense I give more credit to Pete Carroll calling Mike Shanahan and asking him about running their offense with RG3.

  26. hawks76 says: Jan 18, 2013 8:04 AM

    Not sure if i am happy about this or not sometimes the offensive play calling was terrible like most of the first half of Atlanta game sometimes it took him forever to adjust the scheme when it didn’t work. I guess will see

  27. jeffesky says: Jan 18, 2013 10:24 AM

    1-Russ will be calling his own plays by year 3. Perhaps even next year.

    2-Niner fans that are bashing the Hawks? Why the lack of respect? We beat you guys like 310 to 0 a few weeks ago. Can’t wait for the Falcons to steam roll you.

  28. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:52 AM

    49ers offense will teach the seahawks how to not be down 0-20 by halftime. we’ll also teach there defense how to not give up 40 yards in 31 seconds to lose the game. anything to help slippery pete ‘the snake’ carroll. stay classy pete -_-

  29. baymac408 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:27 PM

    Good!! it’s bout time they had an ok year!! Offense was allright but without marshawn a Bay Area veteran, the team is nothing! Offense won’t work.. Defense got you where u were this year.. And your dc is gone!! Much respect because of NFC WEST.. But Seahawks remember NINERS RUN THE WEST.. Pls u had 1 win on us don’t want to hear it.. We still won our division suck it up SEAHAWKS fans

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