By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
With former offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter gone, the Lions have hired former Seahawks offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevel. Bevel was fired in Seattle after the 2017 season when the Seahawks went 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
During his tenure as offensive coordinator with the Seahawks, they won a Super Bowl but also lost a Super Bowl on a play that will be remembered for a long, long time…
— Boston Sports #1 (@BF6NEPats) January 14, 2016
But on the bright side, the Lions current head coach, Matt Patricia, is the one who figured that that pass was going to happen, so it all balances out, right?
They made the right decision to pass. Knock the route concept if you’d like. The box was totally stacked. https://t.co/bccmPBnoSR
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 16, 2019
Say what you want, he still was able to help get the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory. I do realize that it was their defense that really lead the way, but the Seahawks had one of the most efficient offenses from 2012-2015. True, he did have quarterback Russell Wilson who is probably one of the more dynamic quarterbacks in the league. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, while he doesn’t have the elusiveness that Wilson does, is still one of the leagues better quarterbacks, and should be able to work with Bevell well.
The other thing that I thought about, was that in both of his stops as coordinator, Minnesota and Seattle, he had two excellent running backs as well to bolster the offense. While RB Kerryon Johnson hasn’t yet become Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch, he’s showing that he’s on his way to being a solid offensive weapon. If things continue to go his way, he could become Bevell’s prize running back and help develop this offense.
Also, in Seattle, their offensive line wasn’t great, just like here. Left guard Frank Ragnow and center Graham Glasgow are starting to anchor the offensive line, there are still questions among the line, such as lineman TJ Lang and Rick Wagner‘s health.
There is still some building that needs to be done. However, Bevell’s got some good pieces to work with, such as Stafford, Johnson, wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. While there are additions needed in the tight end department, on the offensive line, and with the running backs, Bevell’s got a good start.
It’ll be fun to watch this all develop.
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