Seahawks reportedly fire longtime offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll looks toward a referee as they played the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 24 2017 in Arlington Texas

The Seattle Seahawks have fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven seasons with the team, multiple outlets reported.

The 48-year-old Bevell joined the Seahwaks in 2011 after spending the previous five seasons serving as Vikings offensive coordinator. Coach Pete Carroll left the door open for potential coaching changes when he said after the season that the staff would be evaluated.

The Seahawks, who were also 23rd in rushing (101.8), ended up with a 9-7 mark and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

More details are in this ESPN story. For Atlanta, an interesting name has emerged should Sarkisian look to move on and that is former UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

The Seahawks ranked 15th in the National Football League in total offense in 2017 at 330.4 yards per game, but had increasing issues scoring and moving the ball as the season progressed. The former Washington and USC coach worked for Carroll with the Trojans.

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Former USC and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, who is now serving as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, is reportedly a top target for the Seahawks.

Bevell, the only coordinator fired by Carroll since he axed Bates, oversaw the two biggest back-to-back regular-season wins in franchise history, 58-0 and 50-17 victories over Arizona and Buffalo late in 2012.

Bevell's popularity with the Seahawks fans declined after the team lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots on an interception at the goal line. In the grand scheme, that was not stunning given the buzz surrounding his status but, with that move in the background, whispers about who could replace him in Seattle are more of a surprise.

While the Seahawks have yet to confirm Bevell's release, Seattle's offensive "challenges" will probably be someone else's problem for the 2018 season.

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