Although they still managed to finish with a 9-7 record, Seattle was absolutely decimated with injuries throughout the 2017-18 season and looks to immediately turn things around next season. At season's end, wide receiver Doug Baldwin launched into a spirited defense of his offensive coordinator.
The firing would be the first of a coordinator for the Seahawks since the removal of Bates following the 2010 season.
One potential candidate to replace Bevell is Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
"It's not play-calling", Baldwin said. We don't execute as a team.
For fans in the Pacific Northwest, this is likely positive news. Offensively, that's what we've seen countless time and time again that we do not execute the way we should. "You guys can blame Bev all you want to, but the truth of the matter us, Bev is not the problem". Seattle was 12th in 2016 and ranked in the bottom half of the league from 2011 to 2013.
That report comes a day after the Seahawks dismissed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and hours after word that they may also be parting ways with defensive coordinator Kris Richard. The 2012 to 2015 seasons, however, all rank among the top eight in franchise history in terms of points scored. He called the plays in Seattle's 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl following the 2015 season.
Seattle fell to 23rd in rushing in 2017, with Wilson leading the team on the ground with 586 yards. The trademark running game over the past two seasons has withered, a span that coincides with the departure of Marshawn Lynch.