Sources: Darrell Bevell fired as Seahawks offensive coordinator after seven seasons

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The Seattle Seahawks have parted ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven seasons, sources tell PFT.

Bevell was told of the decision Tuesday night according to a source informed of the decision. The Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since Bevell’s first year in Seattle in 2011.

Despite Russell Wilson leading the league in touchdown passes, Seattle’s offense struggled to find consistency all season. Wilson was the team’s leading rusher as Seattle’s structured rushing attack was ineffective for most of the season. The Seahawks ranked 23rd in rushing overall, but 586 of their 1,629 rushing yards came from Wilson. Over 400 of those yards by Wilson came on scrambles.

The Seahawks had some of their most offensively prolific seasons in franchise history under Bevell. They led the league in rushing in 2014 and were in the top five in rushing offense in four of Bevell’s seven seasons in Seattle.

However, the rushing offense fell apart in 2017 and the final play of Super Bowl XLIX cast a large shadow on Bevell as well, despite head coach Pete Carroll saying repeatedly the decision to throw from the 1-yard line was his call.

It will be the first coordinator change of Seattle’s own doing since Jeremy Bates was fired as offensive coordinator after one season with Carroll in 2010. Bevell replaced Bates in the job for the 2011 season. Dan Quinn and Gus Bradley both left their defensive coordinator positions with Seattle to take head coaching jobs with Atlanta and Jacksonville, respectively.

47 responses to “Sources: Darrell Bevell fired as Seahawks offensive coordinator after seven seasons

  1. Won’t change anything cause you guys are done

    Get rid of everyone except Wilson, Baldwin, Wagner, and maybe Thomas

    Jimmy GQ is gonna own the Doves for years to come

    Same with Goff and the Rams

    Maybe you guys can split with the Cardinals

  2. About time when you have a dual threat QB who is a good pocket passer also, you should be leading the league in rushing. I don’t care if they have a poor Oline, you can scheme around that(zone blocking scheme) They’re offense was stale and predictable. It’s sad Pete Carroll waited until his defense finally started to erode before he wanted a competent offense.

  3. And they didn’t fire Cable with him? He’s more of an issue right now then Bevel. His ‘zbs’ blocking scheme died a painful death and needs to be scrapped.

  4. Awwww bless. The faux dynasty is falling apart. Typical Pete the Cheat MO. He will be gone sharpish leaving the franchise in a mess. Just like he has everywhere else he’s been in charge. Is the bandwagon up for sale then?

  5. X’s and O’s don’t matter without the Jimmys and Joes. Seattle’s o-line sucks, RB’s suck and they have one decent WR. Hard to be a great OC with no,players.

  6. He will have have plenty of options for a new job. While I agree Seattle was not very good at running the ball, that offensive line is terrible. Seems like he is the scapegoat in this situation.

  7. Bevell should have been fired immediately after he called that idiotic slant pass play on the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl. That was one of the worst calls in history, and that bonehead move cost Seattle the championship.

  8. Not his job to get a decent O-Line and I bet he didn’t encourage them to trade away their all-pro Center.

    The window has shut on a loud-mouth team with the most smug and obnoxious fan base. Good.

  9. Their rushing attack is really bad, but Petey thought that running back coach Sherman Smith was the culprit, so he fired Smith after the 2016 season. Now he blames Bevell when the running attack did not improve in 2017. Who is he going to blame next season when the rushing attack remains anemic? My guess is Tom Cable. He will be next in line to be fired.

  10. Russell holds the ball too long, routinely waiting for someone to get separation, too many sacks
    not all the o-lines fault. watch how quickly other QB’s get the ball outta their hands…
    But… too many first half’s w/NO OFFENSIVE production. We do need a big wr who can get separation on routes. we miss Kearse. I’m frustrated w/the offense too, but I think Doug Baldwin is right…poor execution was more often the problem.

  11. Super Bowl on the line…we have the best rusher…1 yard line…lemme think!…lemme think!…I got it, throw a slant into coverage Yeah, that’s it!

  12. By week 1 of next year, most of the 2012s will have disappeared back into their Sounders jerseys and craft beer.

  13. So what’s the next offense supposed to look like? Maybe Marshawn Lynch will be back. Wilson will not grow 4 inches and become a pocket passer, so the offense still has to roll the OL to pass protect. The RBs still need to block. What’s the difference.

  14. I used to think Schneider was a genius, but ever since he traded away Max Unger he’s been on tilt. Getting a TE who can’t block, for a team like this, made no sense at all. Now he’s throwing crazy money at aging veterans which will sink the ship once and for all.

  15. Terrible OL, terrible RBs, terrible WRs outside of Baldwin – yup, it’s the OCs fault that the offense didn’t do better.

    And to the guy saying that they should have run it from the 1, i’ll bet that you’re also the guy that would have screamed that they should have tried to fool them with a pass if Lynch got stopped. You all keep saying that it was an automatic TD if they ran it, but Lynch got stopped at least twice that game on short yardage plays, so if it helps you to get through it by saying that he would have definitely scored, have at it.

  16. “Bevell should have been fired immediately after he called that idiotic slant pass play on the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl. That was one of the worst calls in history, and that bonehead move cost Seattle the championship.”

    You know why they called that play? Because Lynch had been given the ball on 4th and 1 five previous times that season and got a grand total of 1 first down. You people who think Lynch would automatically have scored there are living in fantasy land. Maybe he would have scored but it was far from guaranteed

  17. razzlejag says:
    January 10, 2018 at 7:57 am
    Super Bowl on the line…we have the best rusher

    That guy’s record on short yards is unimpressive. What makes you so sure DH wouldn’t have stopped him for a loss as has happened more than a couple of times.

  18. They didn’t have their goal line package on the field and the Patriots did. They were expecting the Patriots to call timeout, by the time they realized the Pats weren’t calling timeout it was too late to sub. If they had run it he had no shot against a goal line D.

    Be smarter…

  19. Bevell should have been fired immediately after he called that idiotic slant pass play on the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl. That was one of the worst calls in history, and that bonehead move cost Seattle the championship.

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    yeah. no.

    they were behind at that point. it’s not like they were leading and that call led to a pick-6 that allowed the Patriots to take the lead. in no way did that call change the score of the game.

    you can say that call cost them a CHANCE to win the SB, but saying it cost them the SB is pure speculation.

  20. Lemmy Aksyadis says:

    That guy’s record on short yards is unimpressive. What makes you so sure DH wouldn’t have stopped him for a loss as has happened more than a couple of times
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    Other than the fact the Seahawks had already run for 165 yards in that game, nothing.

  21. Pola Pe’a says:
    January 10, 2018 at 5:31 am
    X’s and O’s don’t matter without the Jimmys and Joes. Seattle’s o-line sucks, RB’s suck and they have one decent WR. Hard to be a great OC with no,players.
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    Hard to argue this point…..which leads to the “media crowned” most awesome GM in the game. Why isn’t that guy held more accountable? He drafted/signed that rubbish. At least Pete probably had a say in the Def players he needed to run his style of D. I guess the media is wrong once again about something.

  22. Three years too late, IMO.

    Don’t want to hear it about the line, he had a ton of awful gameplans and situational play calls that got them beat over the past three seasons.

  23. stinkymcmulligan says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:39 am
    ……but Marvin Lewis still has a job. This reeks.
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    Of nothing.

    Mike Brown’s cheap ways are why Marv has a job.

    Bevell was awful and should have been gone in 2015.

  24. Then they should have called a bootleg option or fade pass to a receiver – not a high risk play on 2nd down.

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    Edward Peterson says:
    January 10, 2018 at 9:44 am
    They didn’t have their goal line package on the field and the Patriots did. They were expecting the Patriots to call timeout, by the time they realized the Pats weren’t calling timeout it was too late to sub. If they had run it he had no shot against a goal line D.

  25. exinsidetrader says:
    January 10, 2018 at 6:28 am
    Not his job to get a decent O-Line and I bet he didn’t encourage them to trade away their all-pro Center.

    The window has shut on a loud-mouth team with the most smug and obnoxious fan base. Good.
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    Max Unger has never been an all pro. There’s a big difference between all pro and 2x pro bowler.

    Most obnoxious fan base definitely does not go to Seattle. Have you seen New England fans or Steelers fans or Cowboys fans? They are the top 3 most obnoxious followed by 49ers fans (althought they’ve been real quiet lately).

  26. People who claim that Wilson holds onto the ball too long should look at some game films. Seattle usually starts out the game with quick slant passes and a lot of 3 and outs to avoid the pass rush early in the game. They do that until their defense starts to give up points and they need to come from behind. And then you see Wilson trying to make a comeback by taking things into his own hands, scrambling for first downs, and buying time by scrambling to complete passes. If he tries to throw the ball quick throughout the game, then Seattle would have been something like 6-10 instead of 9-7 because defenses can stay in their tight coverages all game long. They would have lost their home game with the 49ers if not for Wilson waking up in the final drive and scrambling for first downs and to get receivers open. Besides, don’t forget the fact that Wilson is about 5 ft. 9 inches tall, and he needs to get away from the pocket to have a clear passing lane unless he lops the ball over the outstretched arms of D linemen all the time.

  27. So obviously the O-line issues are on Cable rather than Bevel . However , an entire season’s worth of zero offense in the first half of games falls directly into Bevel’s lap . Waiting until after the 2 minute warning in the first half to finally decide to go to no-huddle was ridiculous when it accounts for most of your offensive production without a running game . Clearly you can’t run no-huddle all game , but the first 15 plays are usually scripted coming into the game ; no reason not to run it then . Something had to be tried to get the team started on offense before the first half ends , and it never was .

    … And yes . He should’ve been fired the day after Superbowl XLIX . Ridiculous to throw into the teeth of the defense on that play .

  28. Bevell would have been considered a genius if that pass in the end zone was completed. lol

    In fact Seattle did not blame Bevell for the interception. Instead they blamed it on the lack of a big body who can stand there and keep a DB from overpowering a small WR like Ricardo Lockette, who was the intended target of the interception. That interception had a profound impact on Seattle. They tried to repair the barn door after the horse has run away by trading for Jimmy Graham, who would have caught that ball as he has demonstrated this season when he simply outmuscled defenders for balls thrown his way.

    Graham solved one problem but the trade created another because they parted ways with their 2 time pro bowl c Max Unger.

  29. This is like winning the SB, again! Some of us have been calling for Bevell to go for 4 years. He was the most predictable OC I’ve ever seen all my years of watching football. He’d run 1st and 2nd down, and have 7 yards to go for a 1st. Defenses loved Bevell.

    And then there’s that worst offensive play call ever in SB history that cost Seattle a back to back SB win over NE. Everybody saw it. Bevell equals zero creativity.

    What a blessing today is. My guess is this was not Pete’s call. Pete has resisted firing Bevell for years. And that decision has hurt the team as much as their failures at fielding even an average NFL OL.

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