Today we wish a happy 46th birthday to the man behind the play calls and the Seahawks' recent offensive surge. We're talking, of course, about offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell!
Following the Week 10 game versus Arizona, which saw Seattle record a third down efficiency of just 13 percent, Bevell began to coach the Seahawks through an offensive upswing, with third down efficiency reaching 75 percent against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15 and falling only as low as 47 percent in the Week 16 loss to St. Louis.
The team's play on third down is not the only thing that improved during this period. Quarterback Russell Wilson found wide receiver Doug Baldwin for 11 touchdowns on 42 catches in a six-week span, totaling 590 yards. Baldwin set the franchise record for receiving touchdowns in a single season with 14, a number that's also tied for the most scores in the NFL this year, and Baldwin finished 2015 with 1,069 receiving yards to become Seattle's first 1,000-yard receiver since 2007 (Bobby Engram). Wilson, meanwhile, broke Matt Hasselbeck's record for most passing yards in a single season with 4,024, becoming the franchise's first quarterback to ever hit the 4,000-yard mark. Wilson also eclipsed Dave Krieg's franchise mark for most passing touchdowns with 34.
As a whole, the offense finished the season ranked fourth in the NFL and set a franchise-record with 6,058 yards (378.6 per game), topping last year's mark of 6,012.
"I think Darrell [Bevell] and Tom [Cable] have done an incredible job, again," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week. "Not just now, again. They've continued to maximize the talent that we have. You've seen our guys blossom as players. You've seen young players fit in. You've seen your quarterback just continue to get better throughout the process, which really encompasses all aspects of what we're doing."
Happy 46th birthday to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who has lead the Seahawks' offense to outpace club records for total yards two years running!