Darrell Bevell Emerges as Top Target for Colts Offensive Coordinator

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 6: Darrell Bevell congratulates Doug Baldwin
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 6: Darrell Bevell congratulates Doug Baldwin /

Josh McDaniels won’t officially be named head coach of the Colts until after the Super Bowl, but it looks like he’s starting to put a coaching staff together.

McDaniels has reportedly already found his defensive coordinator in Matt Eberflus, and Eberflus’ wife gave it away when she put a horseshoe logo in her profile picture.

The search for the Colts’ next offensive coordinator continues, but McDaniels and the Indianapolis front office are reportedly zeroing in on former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

The Seahawks fired both of their coordinators after a relatively disappointing season, so Bevell is currently a coaching free agent.

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According to Football Outsiders, Bevell’s offenses ranked 14th, 16th, 1st, 5th, 7th, 4th, and 22nd in offensive efficiency during his years in Seattle. Bevell’s Seahawks won a Super Bowl, and made another appearance in the Super Bowl that famously ended in a goal line interception after Seattle decided to pass on one of the most controversial play calls in NFL history.

Before his days in Seattle, Bevell was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator from 2006-10. Minnesota made two playoff appearances during Bevell’s tenure including an overtime loss in the 2009 NFC Championship Game.

Bevell is one of the most controversial offensive coordinators in the league. Some Seahawks fans wanted to run him out of town, and some thought he was doing a great job.

Even if he does come to Indianapolis, he won’t have the same control over the offense that he did in Seattle or Minnesota, and he may not be calling plays with McDaniels at the helm. I think Bevell would be a decent addition to Josh McDaniels’ staff.

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