Breaking: Seahawks hire Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator

Published on January 20, 2011 by     Seahawks.Com News (Feed)

Darrell Bevell has agreed to become the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator, The Seattle Times has confirmed. The news was first reported by John Clayton of ESPN.

The Seahawks have not announced a hiring, but coach Pete Carroll said Bevell was at the Seahawks headquarters Wednesday, interviewing.

Bevell, 41, served as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator the past five seasons. Before his time in Minnesota, Bevell worked on coach Mike Sherman’s staff in Green Bay as an assistant coach from 2000 to 2005. Matt Hasselbeck — Seattle’s starting quarterback — was the Packers’ backup quarterback in Bevell’s first season on staff. Bevell was an offensive assistant that season.

The Seahawks will have their fourth offensive coordinator in four seasons, but Bevell represents a return to Mike Holmgren’s lineage of the West Coast offense. Bevell worked for Sherman — a former Holmgren assistant — and then for Brad Childress in Minnesota. Childress’ background was coaching under Andy Reid, who himself coached under Holmgren.

Bevell was Wisconsin’s quarterback in 1993 and 1994, leading the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl victory and a victory in the Hall of Fame Bowl.

Bevell will replace Jeremy Bates, who was fired by the Seahawks this week.

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