RENTON - A day after firing his offensive coordinator, Seattle Sea-hawks coach Pete Carroll apparently got his man Wednesday.
After a two-day interview process, former Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has been offered the same job with Seattle, according to an ESPN report.
The Seahawks did not confirm Bevell was offered the job. According to the report, Bevell and the team are working through contract talks.
Carroll fired offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates after only a year on the job, citing philosophical differences.
“We saw things differently,” Carroll said of Bates’ departure during an end-of-the-season press conference at team headquarters Wednesday. “And as we’re going to move ahead, I had some thought on how I wanted to go, and I think this was the best thing to do.”
Carroll also announced the hiring of Tom Cable as assistant head coach/offensive line coach. Carroll sees Cable as a younger version of Alex Gibbs, who abruptly retired just before the 2010 regular season began, and wants emphasis on the ground game to return as a focus of his offense.
Carroll said Bates’ relationship with Gibbs had nothing to do with the longtime offensive line coach’s departure.
“I’ve been working with Alex for years,” Carroll said. “And Tom was his No. 1 guy for a long time. So, philosophically, we’re able to recapture a younger version. Tom’s been on his own, and has proven he’s a tremendous football coach. He’s a tremendous line coach. He’s as good as you can find.”
Carroll said Cable will have say on the offensive coordinator hire.
Carroll also addressed Cable’s off-the-field issues during his time in Oakland, including allegations of domestic violence and an alleged altercation with assistant coach Randy Hanson that left Hanson with a broken jaw.
“Tom has dealt with all that in a very professional manner and taken care of business,” Carroll said. “And we’ve done our due diligence to understand the background and all of that. And I feel that this is a good time to come to us. And he’s going to get supported.”
The Seahawks are looking to improve a running game that finished second-worst in the league and without a 100-yard rusher during the regular season.
Bevell, 41, who was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator since 2006, did not call plays until Brad Childress was fired at midseason. Bevell also worked as quality control and quarterbacks coach with Green Bay from 2000 to 2005, so he knows Seahawks veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and general manager John Schneider.
Bevell became available when new Vikings coach Leslie Frazier hired Bill Musgrave as his new offensive coordinator Wednesday.
According to Carroll, re-signing Hasselbeck, 35, will be a top priority during the offseason. He becomes a free agent in March.
The Seahawks might try to re-sign Hasselbeck before a potential lockout begins March 4, when the current collective-bargaining agreement is set to expire.
“Matt finished beautifully with us,” Carroll said. “He did everything we asked of him. So we’ve already talked. We’ve already met – John (Schneider) and I sat down with Matt already, and we’re going to move forward. And we have to see what it all means, but we’re on it.”
So will Hasselbeck be the starting quarterback next season?
“I don’t think there’s any other way to look at it,” Carroll said. “Yeah, he’s our starting quarterback. But he won’t be under contract for a while so we have to figure that part out.”