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Report: Hawks offer Bevell OC job

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm with 59 Comments »
January 19, 2011 4:58 pm

ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks have offered former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell the job as the team’s offensive coordinator left vacant when Jeremy Bates was fired this week.

No word yet if he has accepted the offer, and the team has not confirmed that he’s been offered the job, but with Bill Musgrave hired to fill his old job with Minnesota, it would seem likely that Bevell is staying in Seattle.

According to Clayton, Bevell was offered the job and contract talks have started. The source said the negotiations should be concluded within the next day.

Bevell, 41, served as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator since 2006, but did not call plays there until Brad Childress was fired midseason. Bevell also worked as quality control and quarterbacks coach with Green Bay from 2000 to 2005, so he knows veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and general manager John Schneider.

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  1. Sounds like a good hire. Here’s hoping Bevell and Cable can get along, and build the balanced zbs offense that Gibbs and Bates were SUPPOSED to build last season!

    I hope Bevell is happy to get out of Minnesota – a team falling apart – to come to Seattle, a team coming together!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    While he may not have called plays, as OC one would think he was an integral part of each weeks game plan.

    (Re-posted from the previous thread) For what it’s worth, here are Bevell’s run vs pass % since he arrived in Minn;

    ’06 – pass 55% run 45% (pre-Peterson)
    ’07 -pass 47% run 53% (AP’s rookie year)
    ’08 – pass 47% run 53%
    ’09 – pass 54% run 46% (Favre arrives)
    ’10 – pass 53% run 47%

    By comparison Seattle passed 59% vs 41% run this season.

    Not sure what to make if anything, from this other than they maintained a semblance of balance in their playcalling / gameplan, regardless. Where Seattle had a pretty large disparity, even if a much smaller sample size. Carroll mentioned wanting to run the ball in nearly every press conference this season. In any case, for what it’s worth.

  3. This is a good hire (if he accepts). I like it. He needs to bring Sidney Rice with him from Minnesota too. This is also a great hire for Matt Hasselbeck. He’s going to be back in his comfort zone in the WCO.

    However, nothing is going to matter if we don’t add a good OL or two. Nothing.

    This “off-season” is definitely off to an exciting (and good) start!

  4. Makes sense, Duke.

    If I were the OC this past season, I can guarantee I would have probably have been at about 60-40 pass/run ratio even though in my perfect world it’s about 50-50. I just don’t think it made any sense to run the ball simply based on our pass blocking was okay (minus the Oakland game) but the run blocking was rather pathetic for most games of the season.

    It’s okay for Mr. Happy to want to run the ball but you’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt too and Bates was dealt a hand of having to throw the ball more than he ran it. Speaking of “hand your dealt,” Mr. Happy better deal a card to two to Cable/Bevell so they actually can run the ball better. Bring in Mankins, Kalil, Gallery… at least one of those quality guys (Gallery is under the assumption that team doctors deem him healthy).

  5. Interesting. Bates, Hasselbeck and the Seahawks all being about the same age. After Hasselbeck retires as a Hawk, I know he’d likely have a good career ahead of him as a TV football commentator, but wonder if he’s ever talked about possibly coaching?

  6. How about Mankins and Kalil? Would that finally make you happy, Bobby?!

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – No doubt. Gameplans all look good once they’re laminated, but when players take the field they have to execute. Got to have the right horses, so to speak.

  8. Audible – I would jizz my pants if we signed both Mankins and Kalil.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I can just see Hasselbeck, ” Great! Now we may have an O.C. that can’t call his own plays? And are you kidding! we just hired a line coach with a history of beating up women! what the f#%k! Maybe I should listen to Hutch and sign with the Vikings!”

  10. I’m going to try to break pabuwals record of saying the same thing… but I hope Mr. Happy understands how frustrated so many of us have been for a HALF DECADE. I was saying the same crap 5 years ago! He’s only seen 1 year of crap offensive line play. I hope he knows how bad it sucks to watch 5 years of it and makes sure that it doesn’t happen in his year #2 (which would make it over a half decade for the rest of us). I love the Bevell hire and like/respect the Cable addition, so I do think he’s on the right track. But I want deeds in terms of adding an actual good offensive lineman (preferably at least two).

  11. Thanks for the above stats, Duke. Its notable that MN ran the ball more until Favre showed up, then it changed because of him.

    Like Bobby says, let’s hope Schneider brings in the linemen needed to make the zbs work. One thing I know MN fans were unhappy about is that Childress and Bevell were leading a zone-blocking offense, while their O linemen looked more like man-blocking maulers.

    Robert Gallery sounds like a possibility to follow Tom Cable to Seattle. That would solve the LG position.

  12. Georgia – I wouldn’t read too much into Bevell not calling the plays (until Childress was fired, then he did). He understands the offense Matt excels in and it’s going to be a good thing. I’ve got a hunch (I’d like to have a Hutch too).

  13. Has the Gallery & Cable connection been referenced???? Check this out…

    Getting two quality free agent linemen would be a coup…. So many needs, so few draft pics….

  14. Aside from the Josh Wilson trade, it’s nice to have a regime that you can respect and trust to a certain degree.

  15. GriffinNW says:

    Its nice to read and hear things Pete and JS are doing/working at, and being happy with it, then come on here and see basically everyone agrees with what’s going on.
    Aside from the Josh Wilson and Whitehurst dealings, I haven’t found myself scratching my head at this organization. Very comforting to know/think that this group knows what is going on and what is needed to get things done and get better.


  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Who knows BobbyK, I want the best for the Seahawks, however it’s just getting a little crazy now! It would be great to some how get the great Hutch back!

  17. I remember in Hutch’s first year here in MN and he was struggling a bit with the ZBS scheme. Not badly. He still played at a Pro Bowl level. But it wasn’t his comfort level and his play suffered a little.

    It may be the same deal if we brought in Mankins? I don’t know the Patriots OL scheme? Do any of you? I don’t think they are a ZBS team, right?

    Maybe Gallery would be the better short-term fix for the next few years since he has had proven success in this very system. It’d be better for saving money too.

  18. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Well, hopefully if anything comes out of this, it is that the Seahawks now have more ammo to take from the rosters of the Vikings and Raiders!

  19. Pats OL blocking scheme was man, which was why McDaniels jettisonned DEN’s ZBS. Now Fox is bringing back ZBing to DEN.

  20. The Kiper mock (Duke is getting excited) has the ‘Hawks taking Mallett (I know, someone already mentioned this yesterday) but doesn’t have Locker going in the 1st round. I thought that was pretty interesting. If we get either of those guys, I think I’ll be happy.

  21. BobbyK –
    What if we’re down to Ponder at our pick?

  22. Soggybuc says:

    JUST TAKE THE JOB ALREADY BEVELL, it’s been over 3 hours without any breaking seahawk news! your really slowing our off season down!

  23. Exactly 100 days until the NFL draft!

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Where is all the talk about our defense? It really doesn’t matter what we do on offense if we do not have a top ten defense!

  25. SeahawkFan12 says:

    hawks31, that was cool. I never knew Glazer was a badass…

  26. Soggybuc says:

    WOW no doubt. don’t mess with Glazer.

  27. GriffinNW says:

    That’s kinda what I have been thinking.
    How have we not even heard any rumbling about blowing up, or at least tweaking our D side.
    Is our DC really safe heading toward next season? Bates was THAT much of a problem that he got the axe immediately but not our DC?
    All that being said, I like the OL signing already and I think Bevell would be a good fit for both Cable and Pete, but also Matt and our WCO.


  28. Soggybuc says:

    Lets not forget that there were little tid bits of things said by the players that pointed less than 100% confidence in Bates.

    IF the players didn’t have confidence in Bates ability as a play caller and his system in general that would explain this thing easily. If the players were buying into everything BUT Bates this was a smart move by Pete.

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Glazer did a workout with Patrick Kerney a few years ago. Similar type thing. It was pretty cool.

    I noticed Locker hadn’t gone in Kiper’s first round too. I said some time ago I thought there was a decent chance Locker wouldn’t go until the second. Now that Kiper and I are in agreement, I know were both wrong. lol

    GriffinNW – That will come as we get closer to FA and the draft. And remember, Carroll and Bradley share ties to Carroll’s defensive mentor, Monte Kiffen, so I would think Bradley’s safe for now.

  30. freedom_X says:

    No one is talking about the D-line coach hire, Todd Wash. I assume that he’s pretty competent, since Tampa had a surprisingly good D this year.

    It came to mind because the Eagles just hired Jim Washburn as their D-line coach, and I know he’s an excellent one (got him to leave the Titans, in a lateral move.) I wonder if Seattle ever tried to make him an offer (perhaps he’s an East Coast guy.)

    I hope no one is overlooking the impact of Dan Quinn. Seattle had on paper perhaps the worst D-line in the league going into the ’10 season, and instead, it was actually a decent, respectable one with more than a few shining moments.

    Not to underrate the O-line coaching, which at least got decent pass protection from a horribly undertalented unit too. But if the same overachievement had been extracted from the O-line, Seattle would have been 9-7 at a minimum, not 7-9. The D-line performance was probably the difference between 7-9 and 5-11 (last year’s record.)

  31. Sarcasticus says:

    This is from Pewter Report when talking about the play of the d-line in Tampa last year.

    “The Bucs could be looking to improve their pass rushing potential as they finished second to last in the NFL with only 26 sacks on the season. The defense was led by defensive end Stylez White with 4.5 sacks. The Buccaneers have invested a first, second, and third-round pick in defensive tackles over the past two NFL drafts.”

    I know it hurt when Gerald McCoy went down.

  32. If I were an NFL GM, my first priority would be a legit QB and then priority #2 would be to assemble a good/dominant OL (at least 3/5 of one where each of those guys would spend about a decade together working side-by-side).

    I realize the Seahawks have a poor defense, but I simply feel we need to solidify the two most important areas of the team (or any team) before we try to conquer the entire thing. Rome wasn’t built in a day and until the building blocks are there for QB (it’s future, really) and OL, I really don’t think the other stuff matters quite as much. Sure, I’d love to have five #1 picks to we could also take a pass rusher, a big/physical CB, big play WR, etc.

    I’d have no problem with Pouncey at #1, but I’m really hoping we can get a QB to be ready for 2013.

  33. After watching that whole Carroll press conference, I find myself liking PC more and more.

    Regardless of the he said/she said about the coaching staff, I’m glad that he is still working to get the system that he wants and people who are bought-in to making changes towards a tougher, better, system for our…program.

    Go get ‘em Pete!!

  34. Rockyseahawk says:

    If the offense can actually stay on the field for a while it will help the defense enormously. So in that regard helping the offense should help the defense.

    I think Kipper is way wrong. I’m pretty certain that Locker will go in the first round especially after the senior bowl and pre draft workouts. He has everything you want in a franchise QB. He is just a little unpolished compared to someone like Luck. Remember he ran a wing T in high school and wasted a couple of years with Tyrone. The ideal situation for him is to be able to sit behind a QB for a year.

  35. Eric,
    Like some others on the blog, I’m surprised at the lack of changes in the defense. Are you able to comment if this is because we are waiting for coaches still in the playoffs to become available, or is PC satisfied with the status quo?

  36. I’m with you Bobby, Both obviously a priority. Regardless of whether the right QB falls to us, we need 2 new O linemen starting next year. Wish it wasn’t such a long wait until FA and then the draft combine.

    Some of my favorite possibilities for next year’s O line…
    Okung – Gallery – Spencer – Mike Pouncey – Andrews
    Okung – Gallery – Spencer – Unger – Gabe Carimi
    Okung – Carl Nicks – Unger – Pitts – Gabe Carimi

  37. I heard Carroll’s presser live yesterday and I thought the best thing about it was that Carroll talked about sticking to the came principles he announced when he got here: running the ball, balance, toughness, attitude. That’s why Cable is here. Pete is not reaching; he knows exactly what he wants and won’t rest until he staff is delivering it.

  38. Dukeshire says:

    For what it’s worth, Ben Hamilton said (via Twitter) he likes the Cable hire and he spoke with some of the Raider O-line that he knows, and they loved playing for him. He also thinks Gallery would be a great signing.

    I like Gabe Carimi too. If he were to fall to 25 I don’t see how they can pass him up.

  39. A lot of good O-line and D-line men in the draft this year, hopefully we’ll create some depth/get some future starters. I saw Rang had us taking a DE to backup/compete with Big Red for the starting position, which sounds plausible.

  40. chuck_easton says:

    The team is quietly doing things to address the Defensive problems.

    Browner is a good signing. He’s 26 years old 6′ 3″ and 210 lbs.

    He is arguably the best CB in the pass happy CFL (I know, like being the thinnest kid at weight watcher’s camp). But he is known as a shut down CB who excells at man coverage. He’s been a CFL all star the past couple of years.

    I give him an excellent chance of making the team and taking at a minimum that 4th CB spot if not pushing for a starting job.

  41. Palerydr says:

    I was listening to the “Professor” (AKA John Clayton) yesterday and he says the Hawks are in great position to spend money on FA this year due to havin 27 FA of their own. If I were GM I would sign Asoumgha, Gallery, A decent fullback maybe Vonta Leech and Draft Locker if available if not then get a run blocking RT. I would also resign Hass and possibly Alex Smith.

    On def I would sign Mebane well and uh well Mebane for sure.

    Hey Eric since everybody on this blog is sooooooooooooo much more talented at being a GM than the guys getting paid for it. Maybe we can have a contest like we do for the Draft and see how many of us “Geniuses” come evenly reasonably close to the real thing. Maybe play for a $50 gift card from Applebies.

  42. Palerydr says:

    Anybody have a link to current FA as the stuff I have found so far is not consistent site to site.

  43. Matt Waldman from was on KJR discussing the upcoming draft with Elyse at night, and they got to talking about drafting a QB and intangibles, and which of the 5 or 6 coming out would be a good QB of the future to sit behind Matt. He discussed quite a few of the available Qb’s in the draft, but he said that he thought the Seahawks already had their guy- Nate Davis.

  44. HawkyHann says:

    Get rid of Trufant, Jennings, and Lofa. Jennings and Josh Wilson. What a bunch of crap picks, at least we got something for the little smurf. Loved watching him get owned this season.

  45. Dukeshire says:

    Pistol led Raven corners in ints and pass’ defended in only 9 starts.

  46. We got UFA QB Nate Davis a week ago Tuesday from SF’s PS, and I wondered about it after Bates left. He’s 6-1/226. Was he a roll-out QB to fit Bate’s system, but maybe not Bevell’s? Is Bevell gonna stress bootleg rollouts, etc, or are we now gonna have an OL that’ll give QBs at least 4 seconds in the pocket?

    Some talk out there Cable maybe bringing both Robert Gallery and Michael Bush here(?)


  47. Dukeshire says:

    Despite what we heard, Bates didn’t stress roll-outs or bootlegs. They were in there of course, but no more so than Haskell under Holmgren. At least I didn’t think.

  48. I heard a good interview yesterday with a Raiders beat reporter.

    He had nothing but good things to say about Tom Cable. He said Al Davis complained about Cable when he fired him purely because they had a dispute over money, not football. The reporter said that even as a Head Coach, Cable was very hands-on with his O linemen, and they loved him. He thought it very possible that Robert Gallery might be up for changing teams to keep playing for Cable.

    When asked whether he thought Nnamdi Asomugha might want to come to Seattle, he said that first of all, Nnamdi wouldn’t be coming to Seattle to play for Tom Cable, he’d be coming to play for Pete Carrol and Kris Richard, and then he went on to rate Nnamdi as one of the best pure cover corners in the league while also complaining about Nnamdi’s lack of run support and interceptions. Some good perspective there.

  49. GriffinNW says:

    Kind of surprised we haven’t heard anything yet from the team. Figured something would have been finalized by now.

  50. maddog12 says:

    GriffinNW- I also was wondering the same thing. Seems like they are usually faster than this. Is there a snag?

  51. It’s just that, however good a thrower Nate Davis is, 6-1?

  52. Seahawks2620 says:

    Bevell is officially the OC

  53. Anybody remember when we lip-read PC asking Bates if we could pick up that one-yard on 4th down, and Bates affirming we could, then not making it? Which game(s) was that?

  54. I remember that but can’t remember the game.

  55. WiscCory says:

    Please bring Hutchinson with you, Bevell…

  56. WiscCory says:

    Wasn’t that the Rams game?

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