Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Seahawks fire Bevell but who's next as offensive coordinator?

Seahawks fire Bevell but who's next as offensive coordinator?

While the Seahawks have yet to confirm Bevell's release, Seattle's offensive "challenges" will probably be someone else's problem for the 2018 season.

With a chance to secure a historic win over the New England Patriots, he called for an ill-fated screen pass by quarterback Russell Wilson that was intercepted in the end zone by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler to seal the win for New England. Seattle needs a better run game. He ended the season as Seattle's lead back.

Wilson seemed more decisive and quicker with his throws in the second half following his talk with Carroll. The play of the offensive line has been subpar in recent seasons and the Seahawks have tried high draft picks, free agent signings and a trade for left tackle Duane Brown in hopes of perking things up without finding much success.

But with Lynch gone for good the last two years Seattle's rushing attack has fallen off spectacularly, from a league-leading 172.6 yards per game in 2014 to 99.4 and 101.8 the past two years. Maybe Carroll thought Darrell Bevell could not do the job anymore and that he was simply more of a quarterbacks coach. He often gives his top assistants head-coach-like responsibilities during seasons. He's seen as a favorite of Pete Carroll, which makes this news even more surprising.

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Bevell, the only coordinator fired by Carroll since he axed Bates, oversaw the two biggest back-to-back regular-season wins in franchise history, 58-0 and 50-17 victories over Arizona and Buffalo late in 2012. It will change yet again this offseason.

But one source said that the team knows that veterans might raise a few stiff eyebrows if change is made only to the roster and not to the coaching staff.

The Seahawks' offensive line went through five iterations of starting lineups during the 2017 season. Seattle finished fourth overall in points and passing yards (4,061) and third overall in rushing (2,268).

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