Seattle Seahawks

Bevell officially leads offense

The Seattle Seahawks made it official Thursday, announcing the hiring of Darrell Bevell as the team's offensive coordinator.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is thought to be a two-year deal with an option for a third.

Bevell was in town Tuesday and Wednesday for a two-day interview process, and was offered the job Wednesday evening.

He becomes the fourth offensive coordinator in four seasons for Seattle. Bevell is well-versed in the West Coast offense, having operated it exclusively for five seasons as the offensive coordinator for former Minnesota coach Brad Childress – part of Mike Holmgren’s coaching tree. Before that, Bevell worked six seasons in Green Bay, including three as the quarterbacks coach.

Bevell built relationships with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Seahawks general manager John Schneider while with the Packers.

Bevell was not retained by new Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. Minnesota hired Bill Musgrave as its new offensive coordinator.

The Seahawks are counting on Bevell’s background to help ease the transition to a new offense.

Bevell called plays in Minnesota since 2007, but there likely will be some sharing of duties with head coach Pete Carroll and recently hired assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable in re-emphasizing the run game.

Bevell has nowhere to go but up. The Seahawks have ranked in the bottom third of total offense the past three seasons and have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2005.

Known as even-tempered and clean-cut, Bevell, 41, provides a contrast in styles to the direct, no-nonsense approach of Cable, 46.

Bevell prepped at Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he played for his father, James.

He redshirted in 1989 as a freshman at Northern Arizona, where Childress was on the coaching staff. Bevell went on a two-year Mormon mission to Cleveland in 1990-91.

He later followed Childress to Wisconsin when he got the head coaching job there, starting four years at quarterback. His accomplishments include leading the Badgers to a share of their first Big 10 Conference title since 1962, a Rose Bowl win over UCLA and an 18-4-2 record as a starter.

Coaching stops include a year at now-defunct Westmar University as the quarterbacks coach in 1996, a year as a graduate assistant at Iowa State and two years coaching receivers at Connecticut before joining Green Bay in 2000.

Bevell and his wife, Tammy, have three daughters – Kylie, Morgan and Hailey.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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