SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven seasons, it was reported late Tuesday night.
Curtis Crabtree, of Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR and ProFootballTalk.com, tweeted the breaking news, citing sources.
Crabtree wrote on Pro Football Talk that Bevell was told of the decision Tuesday night, “according to a source informed of the decision.”
The Seahawks had no immediate comment.
The Seahawks offense struggled during much of the 2017 season, and the team finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs for the first time in six years. The leading rusher on the team was not a running back — but quarterback Russell Wilson.
In January 2011, Pete Carroll hired Bevell to become the new offensive coordinator to replace Jeremy Bates, who served in the role for only one year. The Seahawks finished 7-9 in the 2011 season, failing to defend their NFC West title or make the playoffs, while Bevell’s offense was 28th in the league.
However, Bevell scouted Wisconsin senior Russell Wilson and the Seahawks ultimately drafted him in the third round. Upon selecting Wilson, Carroll stated, “It was Bevell’s project.”
That project turned out be highly successful.
Before this season, and dating back to the 2012 season, the Seahawks had advanced to at least the Divisional Round of the playoffs every year, going to the Super Bowl twice. It won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos, but lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots on a highly critiqued call of a pass play on the Patriots’ 1-yard line that resulted in an interception — and defeat.
Carroll said after the game that he was responsible for that play call.