Darrell Bevell

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Darrell Bevell
Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-01-06) January 6, 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth: Yuma, Arizona
Career information
High school: Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral
College: Wisconsin
Undrafted in 1995
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Darrell Wayne Bevell (born January 6, 1970) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), a position he has held since the 2011 season. Bevell played college football at Wisconsin, where he was a four-year starting quarterback.


After graduating from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Bevell redshirted as a freshman quarterback at Northern Arizona University. At the time, Brad Childress was NAU's offensive coordinator. Bevell then embarked on a two-year LDS mission to Cleveland, Ohio. Bevell received scholarship offers from NAU and Utah, but he decided to join Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin.

Wisconsin's football program had struggled for many years, but Bevell was named starting quarterback in 1993 and he promptly led the team to a surprising "Cinderella" season. The 1993 Badgers finished the year with a 10–1–1 record, becoming co-champions of the Big Ten and securing the school's first Rose Bowl invitation since 1963. They ended the season by defeating UCLA Bruins 21–16 in the 1994 Rose Bowl. It was the school's first-ever Rose Bowl victory. In the fourth quarter of that game, with Wisconsin clinging to a 14–10 lead, Bevell made the most memorable play of his college career. Not known for his running ability, Bevell scrambled 21 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

The following season, Bevell again guided the Badgers to a winning season. They defeated the Duke Blue Devils 34–20 in the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl, giving Wisconsin back-to-back bowl wins for the first time ever. Bevell finished his career with several school records, including most passing yards in a single game (423) and in a career (7,686).


After going undrafted in the 1995 NFL Draft,[1] Bevell began a career in coaching, including stints at Westmar University (Le Mars, IA), Iowa State University, and the University of Connecticut.

In 2000, Bevell was hired by the Green Bay Packers as an offensive assistant. In 2003, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach, where he worked with Brett Favre. In 2006, Childress was hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and he brought Bevell to become the offensive coordinator. In 2009, Bevell was reunited with Brett Favre, but this time being the offensive coordinator, and having the play-calling duties. In 2009, the Vikings had a successful season going 12-4 and advanced to the NFC Championship game, ultimately losing in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. In the first season with Favre, he produced 4,202 passing yards with 33 touchdowns and accumulating a QB rating of 107.2 in which was his career best. In 2010, Minnesota season ended with 6-10 record, and with disastrous moves throughout the season in which head coach Brad Childress was fired mid-way through the season. Replaced by defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as interim head coach at 3-7 record, and finishing 3-3 as interim head coach. In the beginning of the 2011 season, Bevell was not retained as the offensive coordinator by new Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, and was replaced by Bill Musgrave. On January 21, 2011, Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll hired Bevell to become the new offensive coordinator after the firing of Jeremy Bates due to "offensive philosophy difference". In 2011, the Seahawks went 7-9, and failed to defend their NFC West title in which they didn't make the playoffs. Bevell's offense that year with the Seahawks was 28th in the league. In 2012 off-season, Bevell was scouting quarterback Russell Wilson, who attended Wisconsin, his alma mater. Bevell attended Wilson's pro-day which very few NFL scouts attended. Through the off-season, the Seahawks obtained Green Bay Packers back-up quarterback Matt Flynn who experts thought was Bevell's choice of quarterback. Going into the 2012 NFL Draft it was thought Seattle was set at the quarterback position since they had Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, but for whatever reason Seahawks decided to add one more, drafting Russell Wilson out of University of Wisconsin-Madison in the third round. Thoughts on selecting Wilson, Pete Carroll stated, "It was Bevell's project". In training camp the quarterback competition was thinned out between two, after Jackson was traded to the Buffalo Bills. In 2012, the Seahawks named Wilson the starting quarterback for the season. The Seahawks finished the season with an 11-5 record, and took 2nd within the NFC West eventually losing in the Divisional round in the playoffs. In Bevell's second year with the Seahawks, offensively they were 17th in the league which was an improvement from the last season. In rushing the Seahawks were 3rd in league, previously being 21st in 2011, accumulating 2,579 yards and averaging 161.2 yards on the ground. In, 2013 the Seahawks started the season 4-0, and finished the season 13-3 and won Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos. Bevell's rushing offense is currently 3rd in the league with 1,754 yards and averaging 146.2 yards per game. Overall in total offense, Bevell's team is currently 11th in the league with producing 364.6 yards per game. In two seasons, Wilson under Bevell's offense has accumulated a QB rating of 103.7, and a completion rating of 64.5pct.


  1. ^ Weiss, Will (December 13, 2002). "Where Are They Now? Wisconsin QB Darrell Bevell". BCSfootball.com. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Rossley
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Coaches
Succeeded by
Tom Clements
Preceded by
Steve Loney
Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Bill Musgrave
Preceded by
Jeremy Bates
Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by