On Jan 1, during the Seahawks' locker room cleanout, wide receiver Doug Baldwin cautioned against placing blame on Bevell for Seattle's struggles. The team was particularly poor at running the football, as it placed just 23rd in rushing offense in 2017.
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.
As our friend Seth Wickersham outlined in a feature story past year, the Seahawks -- and Sherman in particular -- could never get over their gut-wrenching Super Bowl loss.
Bevell's popularity with the Seahawks fans declined after the team lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots on an interception at the goal line.
Late Tuesday night, a story broke reporting offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had been relieved of his duties. But it's apparent his end was sealed three years ago.
"It's not play-calling", Baldwin said. He was named both offensive line coach and assistant head coach.
Seattle's offense was unable to find consistency this season despite Russell Wilson leading the league in touchdown passes with 34. Offensively, that's what we've seen time and time again is that we do not execute the way that we should. "Probably already said too much". But according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, coach Pete Carroll believes Richard, who has been with Carroll his entire coaching career, would "benefit from experiencing something new". The Seahawks appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014, winning Super Bowl XLVIII to earn the franchise its first ever Lombardi Trophy.
Prior to his time in Seattle, Bevell served as the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings for five years between 2006 and 2010.