The stink of passing from the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX may finally be gone.
A report from Pro Football Talk has indicated that the Seattle Seahawks will be parting ways with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven seasons. Head coach Pete Carroll will presumably open up interviews to outside candidates in the coming days.
The Seahawks offense wasn’t awful in 2017, ranking right around the middle of the league at 15th overall. However, there was a huge disconnect between the passing and running game. The former was 14th in the NFL, while the latter was 23rd. Injuries played a factor in contributing to inconsistency on the ground, but Bevell seems to have taken the blame.
Part of that may stem from the relative downfall of the rushing attack over the past few seasons. The team led the league in rushing in 2014 and were in the top five during three other seasons under Bevell. However, they fell to 25th last year and only marginally improved this season. The offensive line has been largely a mess during the last few years as well.
Seattle fans will never forget the decision to have Russell Wilson try a pass to Ricardo Lockette with the ball on the 1-yard line late in the game against the New England Patriots during the aforementioned Super Bowl, rather than running with Marshawn Lynch. Malcolm Butler made a game-clinching interception instead.
Carroll has taken the blame for that decision since then, but it hasn’t lessened the impact it’s had on Bevell’s stature with fans and around the league. Before that, he had a number of interviews for head coaching jobs lined up. Afterward, those appeared to have evaporated into nothing.
With the Seahawks missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011 (Bevell’s first season), the team looks to be shifting some of the weight of that onto Bevell. The offense faltered during the final week of the season when they most needed a win, so that may have been enough to make the move. It’ll be interesting to see whether Carroll brings in a veteran to replace him, or a young, fresh mind.