Darrell Bevell had successful run, but Super Bowl XLIX call is his Seahawks legacy

From ESPN - January 11, 2018

Darrell Bevell will be remembered as the guy responsible for the playcall that cost the Seattle Seahawks the Super Bowl.

But that is not entirely fair, nor is it completely accurate.

Bevell, fired by the Seahawks on Wednesday, should also be remembered as a successful offensive coordinator, or at least a much better one than he was often given credit for being during his seven seasons in Seattle. That stretch produced some of the most prolific offenses in franchise history along with five straight playoff appearances and two trips to the Super Bowl. That would not have happened with a bad coordinator. Russell Wilson would not rank second in NFL history in passer rating if the coach designing and calling his plays was a total slouch.

That's not to say the Seahawks erred in firing Bevell. It's understandable that they decided a fresh start was needed in order to right a badly listing offense as opposed to maintaining the status quo with Bevell and line coach Tom Cable, who was also fired Wednesday. The Seahawks could probably benefit from a new voice in Wilson's ear, something a new coordinator will provide.

The point is that Bevell's accomplishments were largely overlooked by his most ardent detractors. That's the way it often goes for playcallers. For Bevell, there was no avoiding it after what happened at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

But here's the thing: Bevell was not solely responsible for either the playcall, nor how it failed in epic fashion.

At the risk of reopening one of the most painful wounds in Seattle sports history, let's revisit what happened.

The Seahawks trailed by four points with 26 seconds and one timeout left. They faced second-and-goal from the New England Patriots' 1-yard line after a first-down carry by Marshawn Lynch. As coach Pete Carroll would later explain, he determined that the only way the Seahawks would have time to run all three plays -- if they needed to -- would be to throw the ball on at least one of them, thereby stopping the clock should the pass fall incomplete.


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