Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell
The Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree reports. Bevell, who spent seven seasons as the team’s offensive coordinator, was reportedly told of the decision on Tuesday night.
The Seahawks finished 9-7 this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, which was Bevell’s first year with the team. The Seattle offense finished 15th in total yards and 11th in scoring but had some notably bad performances later in the year.
The Seahawks offense was inconsistent for most of the season and was highly reliant on star quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson led the league with 34 touchdown passes and at the same time was the leading rusher in a Seattle running game which finished just 23rd in the league.
Seattle’s inability to run the ball has been a big weakness over the last two seasons. Their struggles on the ground are a major departure from past seasons when Bevell led the team to the top five in rushing offense in four of his first five years as offensive coordinator.
That terrific rushing attack Bevell oversaw played a big part in the Seahawks having some of their greatest offensive seasons in franchise history from 2012-15 and was instrumental in helping the team win their first ever Super Bowl in 2014.
However, he will also likely be remembered for his role in the highly controversial final play of Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots, when the Seahawks passed on the one-yard line which led to a game-ending interception at the goal line.