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
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
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
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.”