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January 6, 2015 at 5:24 PM

Quotes and video: Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Here’s what Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had to say to the media today, with some video below and then some quotes:

(On how the Seahawks led the league in explosive plays this year) I think it’s very significant. It’s something that we really strive for, something that we talk about all the time with our guys. It’s great that we led the league in that. We are also top in the league in doing it with the run and I don’t think we get enough credit for what we do in the pass. I know the number says we’re 22 in the league. But if you convert that to a percent of your passes because we also throw it the least in the league then you move up to sixth which I think speaks to the competitive nature of our guys, what we’re trying to do with them, that they can be explosive even though we run the ball as much as we do.

(On how everyone contributes to the explosive plays) It’s everybody and in all kind of ways. There are definitely design plays in there. Obviously, we know all about our scrambling ability and the play within the play and those plays happen – whether it’s the tight ends, running backs, however we find them, Russell as well. It’s something big and it’s something that we talk about all the time.

(On if it takes a unique receiver to drive in this offense) I don’t know about unique. I mean obviously we’re looking for the best players that we can get. You do have to do a little bit of sacrifice. It’s really for the good of the team. We ask our wide receivers to do a lot more than a lot of places, particularly in the run game and how important that is for us. Those explosive plays that you’re talking about in the run game happen because those guys are down field for the second level blocks. No better effort than the play that Marshawn [Lynch] had and you see [Ricardo] Lockette running out of bounds and catching back up and making another one. That’s special but then they know they’re going to get theirs. You can go somewhere else and chase individual glory if you want to but we’re all about the team and trying to help the team win in any way we can.

(On where the offense is now compared to where the offense was when the played the Panthers earlier this season) That’s a good question. It changes really, quite often. At that point, I think we were still finding ourselves and finding all the things that we wanted to do – getting back to our guys and how they fit and the positions that we like to put them in and the focus that we like to put on them so we were able to kind of settle in with that. We went back to some things in the run game, kind of our home base and things that are really our philosophy so we went back to those. Then we got comfortable with who we are and got back to that it seemed like.

(On how difficult the Panthers front seven are) Yeah, they’re an outstanding defense. No bigger two players than the two linebackers – they run, they hit. They made big plays against us the last time. They chase the ball. They run well. Obviously, they can get pressure on the quarterback. They don’t have to add people, they can get it with their front four but they can add pressure as well. So it’s a good challenge for us.

(On what the key to turnover prevention on offense is) It’s definitely an emphasis. Obviously Coach [Carroll] harps on it all the time. We’re all about the ball here and protecting it number one on offense. It’s a conscious effort for those guys. It’s something that we talk about all the time. It’s something that we show them all the time. There are things that happen on the field that we preach about all the time. It’s in the front of their mind quite often as ball carriers. But then also, Russell has to be able to make great decisions with the ball when we put the ball in his hands and put it in the air which I think he does that all the time. You see that when he’s throwing it and you see that when he’s running it as well.

(On how challenging the regular season was for him having to switch gears like he did in October) Well there’s challenges throughout the season in a lot of ways. There were times where we were down a lot of defensive linemen. We’ve lost tight ends. You’re shaking it up all the time. We lost our fullback in a pregame warmup right before the game started. So all the time you’re doing the best that you can with being able to make adjustments whenever they happen. It’s tough when they happen on game day and pregame but we had players that stepped up. We had Turbo [Robert Turbin] in that game was willing to take on a role that he had never even done before. But he was conscientious enough to know the position and studying it when he was in his meetings and not just sit there and say, “Okay, I got the halfback now.” But there are challenges that come up and you don’t really always know what they’re going to be and you do that best that you can to be prepared for it. You do the best that you can to be able to make adjustments when they happen.

(On as a play caller what he does on the fly when a player is injured) It can happen in a couple ways. Sometimes you might be completely out of the personnel and rely on the other ones that you have in the game plan. In that case, we went to him [Robert Turbin] and asked him because there were a couple of things that we really wanted to try to do, that we wanted to stay with in that game plan and if he was going to be able to do it. He was willing and ready to do it. He thought he could perform at a high level. So there’s a little bit of both – it can go both ways for you.  

(On if you ever thought to yourself, Max Unger would have figured it out) I mean there’s times, yeah. Max [Unger] is our leader up there and he does a great job of just setting it and just communicating really well with the rest of the guys around him. Obviously Russell [Wilson] can help him out in that as well. Since Max [Unger] hasn’t been in there for quite a while, it puts a little more pressure on Russell [Wilson] to make things right and make sure he hears everything where sometimes you kind of just take it for granted that Max [Unger] is getting it done for them.

(On having a greater confidence in the playbook) I have no different confidence that it’s going to work with Patrick [Lewis] in there, with Lemuel [Jeanpierre] in there, with Max [Unger] in there. I have a lot of respect for all those guys. They all three work really hard, they do the best that they can. I was proud of those guys for how they stepped up and the things they were able to do for us. It doesn’t change my confidence at all.

(On people showing interest in him being a potential head coach) I don’t know where it stands. I was excited for the opportunity. It’s something that’s pretty neat just to feel that respect but it’s last week and full on to Carolina and making sure to prepare myself and prepare these guys to be successful.

(On the validation of his work he’s done here) I think it speaks for the organization as a whole. For Coach Carroll and what he’s done here. When you have Tom Cable and D.Q. [Dan Quinn] and myself I think there’s respect for this organization throughout.

(On having this opportunity the last couple years and difficult getting those requests in during a bye week while focusing on the next game) I don’t think because we had the bye week that it’s as big of a deal. I mean we didn’t even know who we played until late Sunday or whatever it was. But we were able to get that done and put it behind us, if we didn’t have it, it wouldn’t be something I would even mess with I don’t think.

(On leading the NFL in rushes and if it was a ‘wow’ moment) No. You know it’s a commitment. It’s something that we’re totally committed to. I know Tom’s [Cable] always been committed where he’s been. I’ve been committed to it where I’ve been. You can look at the numbers where we’ve been. I mean it’s our commitment –something we believe in. The cool part is that Coach Carroll believes in it also. So it blends our philosophies all three of us together. There’s definitely an emphasis for it and there’s time put into it and we’re kind of just reaping the benefits of the philosophy but then how the players go out and execute it. We got as good of guy you’d ever want to hand it to with handing it to Marshawn [Lynch].

(On what the biggest change was after the trade of Percy Harvin) I don’t know. I really don’t. I mean I mean I like where we’re at right now. I like how all our guys stepped up I mean we’ve had so many guys step up in so many different positions. Whether it be wide receivers, tight ends, running backs that we’ve gone down to, offensive line, I just think a lot of guys have stepped up in a lot of ways.

(On everyone who plays Madden saying you should have done this and that) No. Somehow I’m still pretty incognito so I kind of like it.

(On when he was in Oakland if he got quizzed by the team owner) I did not.

(On showing a bigger picture of the team with his program and Coach Carroll’s program) A lot of time it’s your philosophy and it’s what you believe and what you’re going to bring and how you’re going to do things and run things. I’ve been around a lot of great coaches. Obviously I love my time here with Coach Carroll and the philosophy that he has and the beliefs that he has and it’s had a huge impact on me so there’s definitely pieces of that. But you know there’s all kinds of things. I can’t be Coach Carroll, I can only be myself and that’s what I think we’ll come across.




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