After seven seasons as Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell is out of a job. In all likelihood, the next NFL season will mark the first time since 2005 that Bevell hasn’t been an offensive coordinator. The good news for Bevell is that he may not be unemployed for too long.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Thursday that the Atlanta Falcons were planning to interview Bevell for the vacant QB coach position, after Bush Hamdan accepted the University of Washington’s offer to become the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator. Also in line to be interviewed by Atlanta is Ken Dorsey, who was fired by the Carolina Panthers after the wild card exit vs. the New Orleans Saints.
Before Bevell was an OC with the Minnesota Vikings, he was the Green Bay Packers’ quarterbacks coach from 2003-2005, as well as the team’s assistant QB coach from 2000-2002, so a return to that role is very much in the cards. The Chicago Bears are also reportedly interested in making Bevell their QB coach, as newly hired head coach Matt Nagy looks to fill the final void in his staff. Obviously the Bears are looking to develop 2017 NFL Draft #2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky, who had the misfortune of playing in John Fox’s cringeworthy version of an offensive system.
If Bevell were to be hired by the Falcons, he’d be reunited with head coach Dan Quinn, who of course was Seattle’s defensive coordinator for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. I’m particularly fond of that 2013 team.
The Falcons also have former Seahawks special teams assistant coach Jeff Ulbrich, as well as ex-Seahawks DB Marquand Manuel as their defensive coordinator, plus former Vice President of Player Personnel (under Tim Ruskell) Ruston Webster, who is one of Atlanta’s national scouts.
For the time being, Bevell doesn’t have to deal with intense scrutiny over how he’s performing at his job. It appears as if the mantle for “most disliked offensive coordinator on a high-profile team” now belongs to Steve Sarkisian, whom Quinn is sticking with as Atlanta’s OC for next season.