The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell Wednesday, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
ProFootballTalk first reported the dismissal of Bevell, a former assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers quarterback when UW won the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1994. The former Washington and USC coach worked with current Seattle coach Pete Carroll with the Trojans. That year, Seattle finished with a record of 7-9, but from 2012 through 2016, the Seahawks posted double-digit victories and made the playoffs every season, including two trips to the Super Bowl and one Super Bowl victory.
More details are in this ESPN story.
The Seahawks had just four rushing touchdowns as a team, and Mike Davis was their leading rusher among running backs with just 240 yards.
"It's not playcalling. It's not playcalling", Baldwin said. "We go into a game knowing what the defense is going to give us, the situations we're going to be in". You guys (media) can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter is, Bev is not the problem.
Richard has been the Seahawks' defensive coordinator for each of the past three seasons. 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.
Prior to his time in Seattle, Bevell served as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings for five years between 2006 and 2010.
Bevell's Seahawks tenure may best be remembered for his role in the play call that cost Seattle Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots in February 2015. 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.
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