Darrell Bevell’s time in Seattle has come to an end.
The Seahawks fired their offensive coordinator Wednesday after seven seasons with the team, the team announced Wednesday. The team also released offensive line coach Tom Cable.
— Seattle Seahawks (@seahawksPR) January 10, 2018
Despite quarterback Russell Wilson leading the NFL with 34 touchdown passes this season, the Seahawks struggled to stay consistent, finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Still, wide receiver Doug Baldwin defended Bevell when the season came to an end.
“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 that we’re going to be in. We don’t execute as a team. Offensively, that’s what we’ve seen time and time again is that we do not execute the way that we should. And that’s on us as players. You guys can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter is that Bev’s not the problem.”
Bevell, 48, joined the Seahwaks in 2011 after spending the previous five seasons serving as Vikings offensive coordinator. His popularity among Seattle fans began to decline when the Seahawks fell to the Patriots in Super Bowl 49 due to an interception at the 1-yard line after the team made the controversial decision not to run the ball.