Lions Hire Darrell Bevell As OC

The Lions have hired Darrell Bevell as their new offensive coordinator, the team announced on Wednesday. Bevell guided the Seahawks’ offense for seven seasons and oversaw the Vikings’ attack from 2006-10. 

[RELATED: PFR’s Offensive Coordinator Search Tracker]

Bevell did not coach in 2018, but took part in some interviews during the last cycle, which included his Seattle ouster. It has been Bevell’s plan to coach in 2019, and he’s accomplished that by joining the Lions.

Bevell wasn’t necessarily known to be a leading candidate for the Lions’ job, but he either outshined other candidates or simply hung around long enough to watch the other ones sign elsewhere. Nathaniel Hackett and Todd Monken were both in the running for the job, but they’ve since hooked on with the Packers and Browns, respectively.

With Jim Bob Cooter at the helm in 2017, Matthew Stafford played some of his best football and the Lions finished out with the No. 7 scoring offense in the NFL. Last year, however, Stafford regressed hard. The Lions are hoping that Bevell will be the answer after the QB managed just 3,777 passing yards in 2018.

The Falcons and Jaguars also spoke with Bevell about their respective OC vacancies.

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24 comments on “Lions Hire Darrell Bevell As OC

  1. davidkaner

    Lions OC will soon find out what Lionized means. Detroit Lions organization has spent so much money on coaches that you would be stupid not to take it & then you get to retire without winning a playoff game!

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    • crosseyedlemon

      Bevell has a championship ring so how does he retire without winning a playoff game? He is definitely an upgrade over Cooter.

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      • tsolid

        That Championship ring wasn’t b/c of the Offensive prowess of the Seahawks. Hand the Ball to Beast mode was his smartest play calling. But, I guess, if you coach on a staff that wins a ring, that automatically makes you a good coach.

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      • Dkaner

        I should have said “winning a LIONS playoff game” my bad……….

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        • crosseyedlemon

          Packers are doing a reboot and the Vikings cap situation hurts them so the Lions playoff hopes should be better than in past years. Bevell can’t help with the pathetic pass rush Detroit has but if they find some answers there they could be contenders.

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    • joefriday14
      joefriday14

      This is the greatest hire in the history of the Detroit Lions. It tops hiring Tommy Hudsmith who transferred the Lions and made them what they are today. They could have hired any garden hire type offense coach but this man, especially his record last year, guarantees victories, the Super Bowl, sell outs and an unbeaten team for ever. How did they figure this out? Russ Francis must have helped.

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    • mattpatricia

      He made the playoffs 5 times out of 7 with Seattle including two Super Bowls. Winning one and scoring 43 points on the broncos. He sucks

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      • tsolid

        I guess Had nothing to do with that dominating defense, or absolutely terrible division that it was back then called the NFC West.

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        • mattpatricia

          Yeah you’re right, it was all defense. Tell me more tdumb

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          • tsolid

            You’re a lions fan, but have the gall to call someone else dumb! Must be a wonderful play caller when you have a QB that makes plays with his feet. I expect nothing less

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            • mattpatricia

              I’m not a lions fan but for you to say that the offensive coordinator had nothing to do with 5 playoff appearances and 2 Super Bowl appearances then yes that makes you dumb. Scoring 43 points in the Super Bowl were all defensive tds right? Tdumb

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        • seattleite

          The NFC West was arguably the BEST division some of those years. Recheck the standings.

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  2. jay13

    I am actually on board with this hiring. Like stated above, it’s a upgrade from Jim Bob. Just glad they passed on Sark and let Hackett sign elsewhere.

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  3. joefriday14
    joefriday14

    This is the greatest hire in the history of the Detroit Lions. It tops hiring Tommy Hudsmith who transferred the Lions and made them what they are today. They could have hired any garden hire type offense coach but this man, especially his record last year, guarantees victories, the Super Bowl, sell outs and an unbeaten team for ever. How did they figure this out? Russ Francis must have helped.

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  4. diehardcubfan

    Patricia thinks he is Belichest reinvented. Another old school guy hell bent on a complete rebuild. I’ll be shocked if they win 4 games next year. They will be in the Tua conversation in the 2020 draft.

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    • tigersfan1320

      You realize it was cooter calling their plays on offense this past year, and their defense was actually pretty good. Unless they can pick up enough pieces that they need this offseason they probably won’t be a contender but they definitely won’t be horrible like you think they will

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    • Dkaner

      Tua sucks. Hope they find a QB much better than him. I like the Clemson QB in 2021!

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  5. Dkaner

    Lions will run the ball with much more balance but unless they solve the RG and RT positions, they are stuck with running left or up the middle. They will probably give the 5th round guy a shot at RT so that means they will use a 4th or 5th round pick on a RG for sure.

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  6. Rich

    Is there any evidence that Bevell has worked with, met or even heard of Sean McVay?

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