Detroit Lions hire Darrell Bevell as their new offensive coordinator

The Detroit Lions will hire Darrell Bevell as the franchise’s next offensive coordinator.

After GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia decided to move on from former OC Jim Bob Cooter a couple weeks ago, they now have a successor in place.

Bevell was most recently the OC for the Seattle Seahawks but was fired last January. He comes to Detroit after spending seven seasons (2011-17) in Seattle and was unemployed in 2018. Before his tenure with the Seahawks, he had spent five seasons (2006-10) as the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings.

Lions GM Quinn was a graduate assistant at UConn when Darrell Bevell was the receiving coach there in 1998-1999. Patricia might best remember Bevell as his coordinator antagonist in Super Bowl XLIX where Bevell (or Pete Carroll depending on who you ask) decided to pass the ball on the one-yard line instead of punching the ball in with RB Marshawn Lynch. The play resulted in a Malcolm Butler interception and another New England Patriots championship.

All in all, if HC Patricia wants a power rushing attack on offense, Bevell has a track record of providing just that. Under Bevell’s guidance, Seattle ranked top-10 in rushing in four of Bevell’s seven seasons there — as well as the NFL’s top rushing offense in 2014.

Outside of powerful ground games, he has had some success in overall offensive output as well. In eight of his 12 years as an offensive coordinator (Seahawks and Vikings), he led a top-15 scoring offense. His pinnacle being the second most prolific offense in the NFL with Minnesota in 2009.

(This article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)

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