Seattle hires Bevell as off. coordinator

Pete Carroll wasted little time filling the most prominent

opening on his coaching staff, making Darrell Bevell the Seattle

Seahawks’ new offensive coordinator on Thursday.

Bevell, the offensive coordinator in Minnesota the past five

seasons, replaces Jeremy Bates, who was fired on Tuesday after just

one season in Seattle.

Bevell was not retained by for new coach Leslie Frazier’s staff

with the Vikings. Minnesota hired Bill Musgrave to be its new

offensive coordinator.

Before joining the Vikings staff, Bevell spent six seasons with

the Packers, including the final three seasons as quarterbacks

coach. Bevell worked one season with Seattle quarterback Matt

Hasselbeck in Green Bay before Hasselbeck was traded to the

Seahawks.

Bevell’s hiring was first reported by ESPN.com and later

confirmed by the team. He becomes the fourth offensive coordinator

in the last four seasons in Seattle.

Bevell is the second major hire this week by Carroll as he tries

to fix Seattle’s woeful offense. On Tuesday, the Seahawks hired

former Raiders coach Tom Cable as an assistant head coach in charge

of the offensive line.

Seattle averaged just 89 yards rushing per game this season and

its inability to run consistently was a sore spot with Carroll.

Bates was fired for what Carroll termed ”philosophical

differences.” Bates came with Carroll from Southern California to

run the Seahawks offense, but struggled to find success. The

offense ranked 28th overall in the league during the regular

season.

Carroll said Wednesday that Bates’ firing was due to a different

vision for the offense.

”We just saw things differently,” Carroll said. ”As we were

going to move ahead I had some thoughts as to how I wanted to go,

and I think this was the best thing at the time to do.”