Named offensive coordinator on January 20, 2011, Darrell Bevell enters his fifth season leading Seattle’s offense after spending five seasons (2006-10) as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator.
The Seahawks rushing attack leads the NFL since 2011 with 9,285 yards with the help of Marshawn Lynch’s NFL-leading 5,357 yards during that span. He is the only player to rush for 1,000 yards and score 10 rushing touchdowns in each of the last four seasons.
Seattle’s offense ranked in the top-10 for the first time since 2007 during its run to Super Bowl XLIX in 2014. Led by the no. 1-ranked rushing attacked with a franchise record 2,762 yards on the ground, the Seahawks also set the club record for yards gained in a single-season (6,012) and in a single game (596 at Arizona).
A Pro Bowler for the fourth-consecutive season, Lynch totaled a career-high 17 touchdowns in 2014 (career-high 13 rush, career-high four rec.) and added 1,306 yards on 280 carries while QB Russell Wilson continues as the NFL’s winningest quarterback to begin a career with 42 victories (regular and postseason) and rank sixth in NFL history with 72 touchdown passes in his first three seasons.
During Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII championship run in 2013, the Seahawks offense relied on the NFL’s fourth-ranked rushing offense (136.8 ypg) and Wilson’s arm in leading the club to 26.1 ppg, ranking eighth in the NFL.
Lynch totaled 14 touchdowns in 2013 (12 rush, two rec.) and added 1,257 yards on 301 carries.
Under center, Wilson became the first player in NFL history to have a 100.0 passer rating in each of his first two seasons in the league, as he broke his own franchise record with a 101.2 rating. He also tied his career-high with 26 touchdowns, giving him 52 in two seasons, tying Peyton Manning for second place in NFL history for the most touchdown passes in a quarterback’s first two seasons.
Three players were voted to the Pro Bowl: Lynch, Wilson and center Max Unger.
The 2012 edition of Seattle’s offense took off in historic fashion over the last half of the season led by rookie Wilson.
Aided by the NFL’s third-ranked rushing attack led by Lynch and his career-highs in carries (315) and yards (1,590, 3rd NFL), along with 11 rushing touchdowns, Wilson gained a comfort level to excel in the offense.
Wilson would go on to end the season as the league’s fourth-ranked passer with a franchise- record 100.0 passer rating, tie (Peyton Manning) the NFL rookie-record with 26 touchdown passes and set the NFL rookie-record with three consecutive games with a 125-plus passer rating, in addition to setting several other NFL and franchise records that season.
Bevell saw his offense jump from 30th in the league in Week 8 to 17th to end the season as Seattle set a club record with three consecutive games with 450-plus offensive yards (Weeks 13-15), while outscoring opponents 170-43 to end the regular season. His unit boasted four Pro Bowlers - Lynch, Wilson, T Russell Okung and C Max Unger. Lynch and Unger were also named first-team AP All-Pro selections.
Under Bevell’s direction in 2011, Seattle’s offense found its identity: running the football. Over the last-half of the season, the Seahawks running game ranked fifth in the NFL with 1,212 rush yards, posting 100-plus team rushing yards in eight of its last nine games, including a six-game streak that was its longest since the 2002-03 seasons.
With that success came Pro Bowl nods for Lynch and fullback Michael Robinson. Robinson paved the way for Lynch’s 285 carries, 1,204 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Lynch led the league the last-half of the season with 941 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 100-plus in six of the last nine games and became Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005).
Bevell also saw former Vikings starter Tarvaris Jackson battle through a pectoral injury and set career-highs in attempts (450), completions (271), yards (3,091), completion percentage (60.2, min. 290 att.) and touchdowns (14), in compiling a 7-7 record as a starter.
With the Vikings, Bevell guided Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre to career years.
In 2010, the Vikings running game continued to churn up yardage with Peterson leading the way. Peterson earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl berth and rushed for 1,298 yards on the ground, the fifth-best mark in team history with four of the top five owned by Peterson. Peterson also had 12 rush scores, topping the 10-plus touchdown mark each year in the league. However, his offense was hobbled by injuries to their linemen, starting three different centers, losing both guards to injured reserve and getting only 20 total games out of 2009 Pro Bowl wide receivers Sidney Rice (6) and Percy Harvin (14).
The signing of Favre, who Bevell coached in Green Bay, spurred the Vikings to the eighth ranked passing offense in the NFL in 2009. The Vikings air attack matched the established productivity of the ground game in 2009. Favre’s favorite target was Rice, who led the team in receiving and earned his first Pro Bowl berth, and Visanthe Shiancoe, who set a Vikings record for tight ends with 11 touchdowns. Harvin earned AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, marking the second time in three seasons the Vikings drafted the Rookie of the Year, joining Peterson in 2007. On the ground, Peterson posted the third-best single-season rushing total in team history while leading the NFL and setting a team record with 18 rushing scores.
The 2009 Vikings ranked second in the NFL in scoring offense by one point to Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans, posting 447 of the Vikings 470 total points for the season on offense. The Vikings ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense. The offense distributed the ball with efficiency, becoming only the second team in NFL history to have six players catch 40-plus passes in a season.
In 2008, Peterson led the NFL and set a Vikings record with 1,760 rushing yards and set a team mark with 10 games over the 100-yard mark. Free agent addition Bernard Berrian led the team with 964 yards and tied an NFL record with a 99-yard receiving toss from Gus Frerotte.
The 2007 Vikings featured a dynamic backfield that set team records with 2,634 rushing yards and a 5.33 yard-per-carry average. The Vikings scored 22 rushing touchdowns, an improvement of 10 over the 2006 club.
Peterson burst onto the NFL scene in 2007 and left his name etched throughout the NFL’s and the Vikings’ record books. He won the 2007 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year. In his fifth NFL game, Peterson broke the Vikings single-game rushing record with 224 yards at Chicago and three games later he set an NFL record with 296 yards on the ground against San Diego. Peterson ended the season with 1,341 yards to finish second in the NFL.
Peterson was the only offensive rookie in 2007 to earn Pro Bowl honors and was joined on the NFC squad by Tony Richardson, Matt Birk and Steve Hutchinson, who both repeated their trips from 2006.
In his first year as coordinator, the Vikings were led on the ground by Chester Taylor, who set a franchise record with 303 rushing attempts and the fourth-highest total in team history with 1,216 yards. The offense saw four different starting groups in the offensive line and only three players starting all 16 games across the front. Of the three players who did start every game, Birk and Hutchinson earned Pro Bowl berths.
Bevell worked in Green Bay for six years, serving the last three as quarterbacks coach, prior to his time in Minnesota.
He stepped into the Packers quarterbacks role in 2003 with solid results. Favre set a career high with a 65.4% completion rate, led the NFL with 32 touchdown passes and earned his eighth career berth in the Pro Bowl.
In 2005, Green Bay led the NFL in completions (383) and attempts (626) and set a team record in both categories. The 2004 Packers set a team record with 4,449 net passing yards, breaking an 11-year old franchise record en route to ranking third in the NFL in total offense. After setting a team record for rushing yards the season before, the Packers became the first NFL team since the 1988-89 San Francisco 49ers to set team marks in rushing and passing in back-to-back seasons.
Along with Favre in his first year in 2000, Bevell worked with Matt Hasselbeck before his trade from Green Bay to Seattle.
Bevell entered the coaching ranks at Westmar University in Lemars, Iowa, in 1996 where he worked as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He moved on to Iowa State in 1997 as a graduate assistant and then the University of Connecticut for two seasons in 1998-99 as wide receivers coach. The 1998 UConn Huskies posted a 10-3 record, a school record 461 points, won the Atlantic-10 Conference North Division title and advanced to the Division I-AA playoff quarterfinals.
In college, Bevell helped turn the University of Wisconsin program into a national power. A four-year starter for the Badgers, Bevell helped guide the team to a 10-1-1 mark as a sophomore in 1993. The squad claimed a share of the Big Ten championship for the first time since 1962 and defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Bevell helped UW go 18-4-2. He left Madison as the school’s all-time leading passer with 19 team records and a pair of Big Ten marks. His 67.8% completion mark set in 1993 stood as the conference record until 2010, and he was a 61.4% passer for his career.
A native of Yuma, Ariz., Bevell was a standout at Chaparral High in Scottsdale where he played under his father, James. After redshirting in 1989 as a freshman at Northern Arizona, Bevell went on a two-year Mormon mission in Cleveland in 1990-91.
Born on January 6, 1970, Bevell and his wife, Tammy, have three daughters, Kylie, Morgan and Hailey.