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Seahawks fire Darrell Bevell following lackluster December

SEAHAWKS     Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Bevell OL coach Cable Reports     
       The Seahawks finished 15th out of 32 teams in total offense last season SEAHAWKS Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Bevell OL coach Cable Reports The Seahawks finished 15th out of 32 teams in total offense last season
Melissa Porter | 10 January, 2018, 21:54

The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell Wednesday, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. That year, Seattle finished with a record of 7-9, but from 2012 through 2016, the Seahawks posted double-digit victories and made the playoffs every season, including two trips to the Super Bowl and one Super Bowl victory.

Bevell was informed of the decision Tuesday night, according to ProFootballTalk, which first reported his dismissal. Seattle ranked as high as fourth in the National Football League in total offense at 378.6 yards per game in 2015, but struggled specifically with its running game the past two seasons, which also took a toll on the offense as a whole. The Seahawks offense ranked 23rd, 9th, 10th, 8th, 4th, 18th and 11th in scoring with Bevell as the coordinator.

A former quarterback at Wisconsin, Bevell came to Seattle in 2011 after serving as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator for the previous five seasons.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, as he has done on other occasions, defended Bevell after the season.

The firing is the first of a coordinator for the Seahawks since the removal of Bates following the 2010 season. Though Seattle's offense enjoyed some success in the wake of Super Bowl XLIX, Bevell could seemingly never overcome the shame of calling for a slant pass on the one-yard line.

"It's a awful memory, " Bevell said in 2016, prior to a rematch between the Seahawks and Patriots.

Seattle was ninth in total offense in that 2014 season and fourth in 2015, which marked the only seasons in the top 10 during Bevell's run. There had been a report that the Seahawks could look to bring Bradley back to Seattle, especially if current DC Kris Richard -- who interviewed to be the head coach of the Colts on Friday - were to head elsewhere. Offensively, that's what we've seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should.

The Seahawks offense, directed by Darrell Bevell (left), Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll worked together for six years. The former Washington and USC coach worked for Carroll with the Trojans. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is a close friend of Seattle GM John Schneider.

That year, he also fired the team's offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates.