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January 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Spotlight on Darrell Bevell

For Tuesday’s paper, I wrote a little profile of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, based in part on an interview I had with him recently (though before there started to become a lot of specific reports of him interviewing for head coaching jobs elsewhere).

I hope you’ll read it.

I also thought I’d share a couple of quotes more specific to this year’s team and what the Seahawks are doing offensively that did not make it into the story.

In the first one, I asked Bevell to assess the season, asking him specifically if it was a little more challenging than he figured it might be due to the injuries to the offensive line and the absence of Percy Harvin for all but one game and Sidney Rice being lost for the year at mid-season.

“I would say it’s fair to say that,” he said. “You never know what each year is going to hold. You come in with a certain amount of players and who you think you have, and by the end of the year you look back and sometimes it’s all the same guys and you are really fortunate and sometimes you look  back and say ‘man, I can’t believe how much has changed.’  The cool part for us is we have been able to still win games and still be effective on offense with all of the changes that we had, and particularly it goes to the front five. When those guys are moving around and when you are changing those guys out so much, there is really a lot that goes into that and the communication those guys have to make. And really, it’s kind of weird but just even the subtle movements of guy next to you can make a difference. You are so used to a guy coming off a combination block one way and now there is somebody different there and he has a different way about him. So really there are all those little nuances. So all of our staff from top-to-bottom has done a great job being able to fix that.”

I also asked Bevell if it’s accurate to still label Seattle as primarily a West Coast offense or if he would describe it differently.

“Because of the verbiage and what we call our plays and what we call our package, it would be the West Coast system where coach (Mike) Holmgren would know some of the words and coach (Steve) Mariucci would know the words — those kinds of guys. They could tell you what some of the plays are. But there is so much that that’s just the core of it. Really there is so much more that has to go into it because you need to know who you have, who your tight ends are, who your receivers are, who your running back is. And you have to develop it from what is best for those guys. So we change a lot. I think we are probably more of a down-the-field, trying-t0-be-explosive team than some West Coast teams. A little bit more quick-timing rhythm throws. So we have kinid of evolved that way. Our play-action game is more extensive because you have Marshawn (Lynch), who is a great weapon in his own right where you can put the ball in front of him and actually get the defense to make a change because they have to respond to the fact that there’s a chance you are going to hand him the ball.”

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