Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

According to multiple reports, including this one by Pro Football Talk and another by the Seattle Times, the Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who had served in that position for the past seven years.

The Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, according to a report from Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk Tuesday night.

The firing would be the first of a coordinator for the Seahawks since the removal of Bates following the 2010 season.

While a good number of fans have called for Bevell's dismissal in recent years, one of the higher-profile among them did too: in a 2015 Facebook post, Delisa Lynch, Marshawn's mother, called for Bevell to be fired, calling him "the worst play-caller ever" and said that the Seattle staff "loves that play caller more than a win".

In 2017, the Seahawks finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 campaign.

More details are in this ESPN story.

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But the 2014 season ended with a play call that will go down as the defining moment of Bevell's Seattle career - a pass from the 1-yard line in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX that was picked off by New England's Malcolm Butler, preserving a 28-24 win for the Patriots and denying a second straight Super Bowl title for the Seahawks.

While Bevell's ouster will be celebrated by numerous 12s, that won't necessarily be the case with numerous players. Bevell would be the first Seahawks coordinator to be fired since Bates.

"It's not playcalling. It's not playcalling", Baldwin said. Offensively, that's what we've seen time and time again is that we do not execute the way that we should. You guys (media) can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter is, Bev is not the problem.

Bevell, a former quarterback at Wisconsin, came to Seattle following a stint as the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-10. His units finished in the top three in points allowed in both 2015 and 2016 before falling to 13th this past season.

The Seahawks' running game in particular has struggled over the past two seasons.

The Seahawks ranked 23rd in rushing last season and ran for only four touchdowns, three by quarterback Russell Wilson.

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