The Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a source tells Curtis Crabtree of PFT (on Twitter). Bevell was set to return for his eighth season with the team in 2018.
Bevell finds himself out of work after the Seahawks went 9-7 and failed to reach the postseason for the first time since 2011. All things considered, the offense wasn’t terrible – the Seahawks placed 15th in total offense (330.4 yards per game), 14th in DVOA, and eleventh in scoring. However, things stalled in some key late season games such as Week 15’s embarrassing 42-7 loss to the Rams.
The running game also suffered this season. Despite the presence of Thomas Rawls and free agent pickup Eddie Lacy, it was quarterback Russell Wilson who finished out the year as the team’s leading scorer. The Seahawks placed 23rd in rushing and it would have been a lot lower if not for Wilson’s 586 yards on the ground.
Bevell was on the sidelines for some of Seattle’s best seasons in franchise history, including the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. In the following year, his call for the Seahawks to pass from the 1-yard line spoiled a would-be victory in Super Bowl XLIX. Bevell managed to hang on for three more years after that, but he was never able to salvage his reputation with fans.
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