According to John Clayton, at least. The team hasn't made an official announcement, plus there's been no indication that Darrell Bevell has accepted the job offer, but Clayton is a pretty reliable source.
Bevell has been Minnesota's offensive coordinator since 2006, but recently found himself out of a job when new head coach Leslie Frazier hired Falcons QB coach Bill Musgrave to be the Vikings' new OC. Bevell had previously been an assistant coach in Green Bay from '00 - '05, so Seahawks GM John Schneider is familiar with his work. He was also on staff for Hasselbeck's last season with the Packers, although Bevell was wide receivers coach at the time (he didn't get promoted to QB coach until '03) so his familiarity with the QB is probably limited at best.
Anyway, here's a quick look at the Vikings' offensive production under Bevell's tenure:
|2006||4,943 (23rd)||3,123 (18th)||1,820 (16th)||282 (26th)||Brad Johnson (14)
Tarvaris Jackson (2)
|2007||5,379 (13th)||2,745 (28th)||2,634 (1st)||365 (15th)||Tarvaris Jackson (12)
Kelly Holcomb (3)
Brooks Bollinger (1)
|2008||5,288 (17th)||2,956 (25th)||2,332 (5th)||379 (12th)||Gus Frerotte (11)
Tarvaris Jacskon (5)
|2009||6,074 (5th)||4,156 (8th)||1,918 (13th)||470 (2nd)||Brett Favre (16)|
|2010||5,039 (23rd)||3,097 (26th)||1,942 (10th)||281 (29th)||Brett Favre (legally dead)
Joe Webb (2)
Tarvaris Jackson (1)
(No suitably thematic team colors for the data table today -- trying to read text against a purple and yellow background stings the eyes like lemon juice.)
Aside from the season that Grandpa Favre ate (with the help of a declining o-line and multiple injured receivers), the Vikings' offense more or less improved every year under Bevell's direction (especially in points scored, which I hear is kind of important). I listed the starting QBs he had to work with too because I want you to share in my amazement that he was able to gain any yardage at all through the air with those guys under center. I mean, now that the guy's shown that he can squeeze one last reasonably productive season out of the mortal remains of guys like Brad Johnson, Gus Frerotte, and Brett Favre, I'd definitely like to see what Bevell could do with Hasselbeck.
The decision to draft Adrian Peterson in '07 did a lot to improve the team's offense all by itself, but the uptick in passing yardage at the expense of rushing yards in '09 suggests that Bevell is more than willing to modify his offense to take advantage of his personnel's strengths (in this case, working Favre's last productive year for all it was worth).
Installing a new offense for the third consecutive year is far from ideal, but judging by these figures the team could do a lot worse than hiring Bevell. If nothing else, with him and Tom Cable working together Seattle might very well end up with that improved rushing attack we were all promised when Greg Knapp rolled in to town in '09.
Our defense even though the pass rush got way, better we still ranked at the bottom in pass defense! That falls mainly on the linebackers and secondary. I dunno how many times I see them leaving a man wide open! Mostly in the seems down the middle.
This may sound crazy to some people but I think we need a solid linebacker. And maybe another solid corner. Curry hasnt developed as well as we would like and Hill and Herring are mediocre at best. Tatupu well he is no Patrick Willis or Brian Urlacher. Trufant isnt his old Superbowl self either and has cost us alot of pass interference penalties.
Palmer could be a very interesting move since Palmer would be reuniting with his old college coach. I just hope Hasselbeck doesnt end up doing what Curt Warner did after getting dealt from the Rams. They are probably still kicking themselves for that! All Warner really needed was a solid receiver like Fitzgerald to thow to and he was golden. All I know for sure is that Seattle has had some pretty bad luck with quarterbacks and Hasselbeck as bad as he can be has still been Seattles best QB ever! That is tough to swallow.
according to PFT (whatever THAT'S worth, haha) Carson Palmer wants out of Cinci and is rumored to be interested in Seattle, Arizona and/or SF. It's gonna be a rough division if he goes to the NFC West...
I wouldn't worry to much about the scheme dramatically changing. Tom Cable was Alex Gibbs number one guy for many years, and Bevell runs virtually the same offense as Holmgren.
As far as free agency goes, keep an eye on these guys to make us younger or better or preferably both. In addition possible cuts:
Ryan Kalil C (25)...................Chris Spencer (28)only signed for cheap as backup
Sidney Rice WR (28)............Deon Butler would be gone in place of big talent
Robert Gallery LG(30).................Ben Hamilton (33) cut for younger better talent
Nnamdi Asomugha CB(29).........Trufant (30) Cut for younger better talent
Alan Branch DE(25)....................A legitimate backup to Red Bryant
The other corner back spot will be built on competition between younger guys, like Walter Thurmond, A draft pick this year, and this Brandon Browner guy they got out of the Canadian League. Carrol has had it with tiny corner backs who don't like to be physical on the line of scrimmage.
There is know doubt that Mankins would be a great pick up. However, when looking at free agents, I like to take into consideration how likely the player is going to want to come to the organization as well. The only reason I could see Logan Mankins coming to the Seahawks would be so he could be closer to his family in California. Other than that there is no tie to anyone in this organization. People in the seahawks organization have ties to both Gallery, and Kalil.
There are a lot of possible scenarios with Trufant. If I was a betting man, I would guess he will not be in a seahawk uniform come next year. Carroll likes big physical corners that playt the line of scrimmage tough. Neither Jennings or Trufant fit that mold. It's not that Marcus is that horrible, but like Jeremy Bates, becomes a victim of philosophy.
@Recordblender Lets not forget Mankins, who should be the FIRST choice and he's only 28.
@Recordblender Cant say i would cut Tru, let him battle it out for a spot opposite Nnamdi. If we draft a star CB in the first we could try to trade Tru and maybe get a second rounder for him. He's still good but he doesnt have much help from the line, when it comes to limiting the QBs time in the pocket, on a consistant basis.
@PAhawkfan I'd love to see Cable stick it to the Crypt Keeper.
@BobRoss46n2 hmmm, just learned that it was not a willing voiding of hiscontract. Al Davis really wants ro resign him. There was a thing in thecontract that caused it to void if he did not meet certain incentives. Interesting fact though- only targeted 33 times on passes all year. of those 13 werecompletedfor 205 yards and no TDs. That is a player that removes half the field from the opposing QBs mind. Nice threat and I hope he comes here.
what about the free agents these guys could bring in!! im so excited to see who the hell they are gonna get. so many good players from they're previous teams are gonna be on the market soon and i think we have a good chance to bring these guys in. linebackers, cornerbacks, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, wide receivers. the possibility for us to bring in just a few to basically tryout for us is really exciting. HURRY UP FREE AGENCY AND DRAFT
@Jakee646464 i like Carrol's view on the possible lockout and the restrictions it would cause on Free agency and such. When asked he said somthing along the lines of "It's my understanding that we'd still have keys" (reffering to coaches). And i definately hope it happens before free agency starts. ANY delay in getting players could hurt us because, as we've experienced before, who wants to get cut off from the world all the way up in the Northwest? lol. Gonna have to shell out big bucks to snag Nnamdi and Mankins. After them everyone else will be more attracted because the big name guys accepted and it'd be easier to make pitches to the smaller names. Imagine being able to tell a corner he would have the chance to really prove himself opposite Nnamdi, or that a young linebacker is going to be learning from Tats while playing in adefensewith superstars such as (insert names like Clemmons, Bryant, Mebane, Nnamdi, Tru) and young talent that is budding like Kam, Earl, and Walter. Sounds like aplace that's doing something right and a place that would be great for maximizing potential because of the "always compete" philosophy that gives them maximum opportunity to get ont the field.
I appologize for the length, got into a rant there sorry.
@PAhawkfan im sure one of the sides will give in. too much money to be made in a not so good economy and i doubt the NFL players want to live on a regular persons salary. my opinion anyway...
@Jakee646464 a new CBA needs to be agreed upon first. Otherwise free agency is delayed.
Agreed HF, Not sure about this guy., He did well with Brett throwing every down, but when Brett faltered, so did he, even though he has AP and Hutch.
I saw a mock where Ryan Mallet falls to us at 25, and I would be SO STOKED to get this kid. He has the size and gun, and Pete could get into his brain. And with Cable there to give him the "stink-eye" should he try to throw any "tude" around, I think he'll get in line in a jiffy. I doubt he falls to us in reality, but I have liked this kids skills for a long time.
Bevell will be perfect for us next season, he has plenty of experience working with old has-been non-mobile quarterbacks who throw a lot of interceptions.
Carroll has changed one philosophy from the beginning of this season: he is now hiring veteran assistants rather then young ones, with the exception of the O-Line coach at the beginning of the year.
These two guys may offer stability and calm to offset Carroll's "pump you up" coaching style.
@_olympia_lowlife route running is fairly universal and transfers between playbooks well. His main problem was smoothly transitioning during his routes so that cornerscant jump them. If he can improve at all that should transferto allthe routes he runs.I wouldnt worry about that asmuch as I worry about Okung learning a new blocking scheme and Hass learning another new playbook lol. If he ever coaches he will unserstand and have a working knowledge of I think 7-8 playbooks at this point, that's a pretty good variety of plays he could have at his disposal (Hell, maybe he should be offensive coordinator. He's got more experience than most of the people on the market imo)
hey slugs, come on man!!! gotta love the offseason!Free agency and the speculation are fun! When your team is down u gotta take pleasure in the speculation or you wont have mush else lol.
Whatever - whoever...
6 months or so before any football again, but until then, speculation will run amok.
draft next, in 3 months
would like to see this signing. Hopefully he fixes the pass game which fixes the run game in turn. Also, a supposed "CFL" standout Brandon Browner (6'4'' cornerback) will be signing with seahawks. He had 5 picks this season from what ive read and plays VERY physically.
@PAhawkfan Brandon Browner was with the Denver Broncos in 2005 but was waived because of injuries. He joined the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL in 2006 and immediately became a fan favorite because of his physical play. Being from Calgary myself, I have had the pleasure of watching him play and he has developed into a true shut down corner. The first 2 years in the CFL I think he led the league in PI but has been able to refine his pass coverage skills. He is that guy that no receiver wants to go against and defensive co-ordinators game plan around. He is the Champ Bailey or Darrelle Revis of the Canadian league. He has incredible size and speed and loves to hit, but can he make the transition to the NFL? I say its worth a look.