Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell fired, reports say

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell fired, reports say

The Seahawks fired offensive line coach Tom Cable, according to a report Wednesday afternoon.

According to the official Twitter account of Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Cable was sacked by the Seahawks on Wednesday after being with the team since 2011.

Bevell was the offensive coordinator and oversaw the passing game and Cable the offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

There are already a number of Seahawks rumors about what the team will do with the offensive coordinator job. The trademark running game over the past two seasons has withered, a span that coincides with the departure of Marshawn Lynch.

Bevell's most controversial moment, though, came in Seattle's Super Bowl XLIX loss.

Bevell was originally hired as offensive coordinator by head coach Pete Carroll in 2011, replacing Jeremy Bates. Seattle needs a better run game.

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Assessing the causes of that is tricky. For many fans, that's exactly what happened when they heard about the "present" from the Seahawks' front office. Davis spent the first 10 weeks of this past season on the practice squad after Seattle signed him off waivers last spring from San Francisco.

Maybe defenses had just begun to figure out Seattle's approach.

There was far too much reliance on quarterback Russell Wilson to do...well, whatever it is Wilson does.

"It doesn't happen very often, " Carroll said. That's just really what we do each and every week and year after year.

Wilson seemed more decisive and quicker with his throws in the second half following his talk with Carroll. The team often struggled to score points in the first half and that would put the Seahawks in a hard position during the second half of games. Additionally, he led the Seahawks in rushing with 586 yards and three touchdowns.

This year's rushing game struggles included scoring just four rushing touchdowns - tying a franchise-low - and just one by a running back.

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Indeed, Carroll hinted last week there would be changes to his staff.

What also happened following the 2015 season is that the National Football League outlawed chop blocks, which are essentially when one offensive player blocks a defender below the thigh area while another offensive player has the defender engaged up high.

Under Bevell, the Seahawks also set a club record with 6,012 total yards in 2014 and broke that a year later with 6,058.

Cable does have head-coaching experience, albeit marginal. It will change yet again this offseason.

Gregg Bell from the News Tribune of Tacoma joins us with the latest on the shake-up in the Seahawks coaching staff today.

The Seahawks' offensive line went through five iterations of starting lineups during the 2017 season.

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Whether the firings were the right call may not be known for a few years.

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