Seattle Seahawks turn to Bevell

Former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell agreed to terms on Thursday to take the same position with the Seattle  Seahawks.

Pete Carroll has wedged another piece of his new-look offensive staff into place.

Darrell Bevell agreed to terms to become the Seahawks offensive coordinator, it was announced Thursday afternoon. Bevell, who spent the past five seasons as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, replaces Jeremy Bates after he was relieved of his duties on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Tom Cable was hired as assistant head coach/offensive line coach. So he and Bevell will oversee a retooling of a Seahawks offense that ranked 28th in the league and was 31st is rushing during the 2010 season. Carroll still needs to hire a quarterbacks coach to replace Jedd Fisch, who left to become offensive coordinator at the University of Miami.

“We’ve had the opportunity to already start to restructure the staff in the ways that we need to,” Carroll said Wednesday, when Bevell was in to interview for the job.

“We’ve gone to great depth whenever we make these kinds of changes in looking at who we’re bringing in and where they come from. … Sometimes the change is really beneficial and I’m counting on the changes that have happened to help us grow and move ahead. We’re not starting from scratch at all. I’m keeping on with what we’re doing.”

What Carroll has wanted to do since he was hired last Jan. 11 is feature a balanced offense, where the running game helps setup play-action passes. That didn’t materialize, so he has turned to Cable to bring some toughness to the offensive line and Bevell some innovative balance to the offensive approach.

During Bevell’s five seasons in Minnesota, the Vikings fluctuated from ranking fifth in the league in total offense (2009), to 13th (2007), to 17th (2008), to 23rd (2010 and 2006). The running game led the league in 2007 and was No. 5 in 2008.

Bevell, who turned 41 this month, also has a history with Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Bevell was with the Green Bay Packers from 2000-05, first as an offensive assistant for three seasons and then QB coach for three seasons. Hasselbeck was in Green Bay for three seasons before being traded to the Seahawks in 2002. Seahawks general manager John Schneider also was with the Packers when Bevell was coaching there.

Prior to that, Bevell coached in college – as wide receivers coach at Connecticut (1998-99), a graduate assistant at Iowa State (1997) and passing game coordinator/QB coach at Westmar University.

Bevell grew up around the game because his father, Jim, was a coach. In fact, Bevell played quarterback for his father at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. The younger Bevell then redshirted at Northern Arizona (1989) before starting for four seasons at the University of Wisconsin (1992-95).

In between, he went his Mormon mission (1990-91), and met his wife, Tammy. They have three daughters – Kylie, Morgan and Hailey.

If he had his druthers, Bevell would have played the game longer before getting into the family business.

“There’s a lot of times that I wish I could play,” he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in August. “I’m competitive, and I still think I could play and want to play. I wanted an opportunity. Maybe that’s the hardest thing for me to get over, never having the opportunity. You start four years in the Big Ten and then you don’t get an opportunity. It kind of still sits with me.”

Not that coaching isn’t the next best thing.

“If you go back and look at Darrell’s life, it has just been planned out,” Jim Bevell told the Star-Tribune. “We are one of those families that believe that fate has its hand in everything and you can look at it and see that pretty much it wasn’t meant for him to play. It was meant for him to coach.”

Now, fate has led Darrell Bevell to the Seahawks.