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January 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Darrell Bevell: “They’re both students of the game”

Here are some comments today from Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, including some comparisons of Brett Favre and Russell Wilson, how Seattle’s offensive coaching staff works together, and more:

(on how different it is working with QB Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll as opposed to Brett Favre and Brad Childress) “Wherever you go and whoever you work with, you’re going to have different personalities. Coach Childress had his positive points. Coach Carroll has his positive points. Russell and Brett are similar in ways and obviously they are different in others. You just need to adapt to the personalities that you’re working with.”

(on similarities between Favre and Wilson) “They’re both students of the game. I think Brett really prepared hard. He liked to keep it a secret that he was preparing, but he was always in the building watching extra tape. He was doing the little things so he was prepared. I see the same thing in Russell. “

(on the head coach hiring process) “I don’t know if it’s fair or not. It is what it is. It’s what we’re working with so we just go with it. I couldn’t be more excited to be here. It’s a great opportunity and a great experience.”

(on the potential distraction of searching for a head coaching job during a playoff run) “The one week where we got to interview, we were off that week. So, we were able to do that one day, but our focus was really on this game and getting here. In the playoffs, I think it was right before the Saints game. There was a little bit of time to take a breather, but we’re really focused on our jobs and what we do and trying to do that the best that we can.”

(on the high profile coordinators in the Super Bowl matchup) “Truly, I know this sounds cliché, but I just try to do the best job that I can at the job that I have. I love Seattle. I love working for Coach Carroll. We have great players. We have a great staff that I’m working with. So it’s a blessing even to be in this position right now. Something will happen down the road, but I’m not looking past this job. I just want to do this as best as I can.”

(on his working relationship with Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Tom Cable) “I think it’s great. Tom is a very valuable member of our coaching staff. We have great open communication together. We are conversing all of the time during the week. We converse all the time during the game, trying to get us in the right situations: run, pass, the run game, the pass game protection-wise. There’s a great open line of communication.”

(on his working role with Cable) “That’s how coach wanted it set up. I thought coach did a great job of telling us exactly how he envisioned our roles. He sat me down, he sat Tom down and he sat us down together, and told us how he wanted it to go and how he wanted it to happen. We’ve taken it from there.”

(on what is communicated on the head sets during the game) “All the time. Most of the time it’s between series — where we want to go with the run game, what’s up next, if there’s any communication issues.”

(on the amount of face-to-face interaction with the coaches) “Sure. Sometimes we just like to turn it off and just talk to one another.”

(on his previous interaction with Denver Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio) “Just playing against each other, never on the same staff. I know his background and where he’s been and all that, but there hasn’t been a personal interaction.”

(on why Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll picked him) “That’s probably a question you’re going to have to ask him. I came in and it was a great interview. It was a true interview. I got to sit down with him at dinner and answer all of his questions that he needed. There was a little more to it than ‘Xs’ and ‘Os’ so that’s something I was really impressed with him. Things you probably already know. He’s asking about your philosophy and things that just aren’t ‘Xs and Os.’ I remember one question specifically that he asked me, if I felt responsible for the development of my coaches. That was something I really had to think about. We had a good conversation about that.”

(on Seattle RB Robert Turbin’s role and how he has adapted) “Turbo is a huge part of what we do. At some point in the game, (RB) Marshawn (Lynch) is going to get tired and he’s going to come out and we don’t feel like we miss a beat when Turbo gets to go in there. We like his size. We like his speed. We like his toughness and his willingness to stick it up in there. He does a great job for us in protection as well. It’s a valuable position to be able to have another back because you can go two in when our horse gets tired.”

(on Seattle’s third down offense) “We kind of use both of them. Marshawn is really a pretty good receiver. He does a great job in protection as well. Usually it starts with protection for really both of those guys when they’re in there.”

(on how he could transfer the unique atmosphere he has in Seattle to a head coaching job) “I think it all starts with your philosophy. Coach Carroll has a well-built foundation of a philosophy, something that he has really encouraged us to come up with and have as well. There are a lot of things here that I try to repeat somewhere else, but the one thing is that I’m not Coach Carroll. I can only be who I am. You have to make sure you infuse your own personality in it.


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