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Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell fired, reports say

10 January 2018

A report confirmed by the team states that the Seattle Seahawks have fired #offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "Bevell was told of the decision Tuesday night according to a source informed of the decision", according to 950 KJR Seattle's Curtis Crabtree.

Head coach Pete Carroll tried to take the heat for the call, but much of the blame was still put on Bevell's shoulders. The Seahawks offense ranked 23rd, 9th, 10th, 8th, 4th, 18th and 11th in scoring with Bevell as the coordinator. "It's not playcalling", Baldwin said, when asked what ailed Seattle's offense. Offensively, that's what we've seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should.

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Bevell had been the Seahawks' offensive coordinator since 2011. He replaced Jeremy Bates, who followed Carroll to Seattle from USC but was sacked after one season. Seattle ranked as high as fourth in the National Football League in total offense at 378.6 yards per game in 2015, but struggled specifically with its running game the past two seasons, which also took a toll on the offense as a whole.

Bevell oversaw Seattle's offense during the most successful run in franchise history, which included five straight playoff appearances and two trips to the Super Bowl, and played a role in the development of quarterback Russell Wilson.

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The most famous such occasion was at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, when the Seahawks had first-and-goal from the 5, 66 seconds and one timeout to get the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots. 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.

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The Seahawks situation would be interesting in a number of ways with Sarkisian on board, especially through the prism of Russell Wilson's skill set and what has been a disastrous offensive line situation for quite some time. In the grand scheme, that was not stunning given the buzz surrounding his status but, with that move in the background, whispers about who could replace him in Seattle are more of a surprise.

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell fired, reports say