The Jaguars have cranked up their search for an offensive coordinator with a name that has emerged, who has experience, but may not be all that familiar in the Sunshine State.
Former Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is under consideration by coach Doug Marrone to be the new play-caller in Jacksonville. They are reportedly talking Tuesday:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2019
One reason Bevell’s name may not be that familiar is that he was out of football in 2018 after being fired by the Seahawks at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Bevell (shown above with Warren Moon) was part of Pete Carroll’s staff when they won Super Bowl 48 in blowout fashion over the Broncos.
However, he is probably more famous for the Super Bowl 49 loss, where his play call in the final minute had Russell Wilson trying to throw a slant pass on the goal line that was intercepted by the Patriots Malcolm Butler to seal New England’s win.
Bevell is a former college quarterback at Wisconsin and got his NFL start on the Green Bay Packers staffs with Mike Sherman, as head coach in the early 2000s. Bevell started as QB coach with Brett Favre, and then, in his next stint in Minnesota, Bevell was the play-caller, when Favre came out of retirement and played for the Vikings for two seasons (2009-10).
The Jaguars are searching for a replacement full-time for Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired by Marrone in late November. Jacksonville used quarterback coach Scott Milanovich, as the interim, but the offense was still dreadful scoring only two offensive touchdowns in the final five games.
Bevell also reportedly interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons late last week, but as we wrote on Monday night, it looks like former Falcons offensive coordinator and most recently Buccaneers head coach, Dirk Koetter will get that job.
Whomever the Jaguar settle on as offensive coordinator, will most likely be working with a new starting quarterback. As it appears, the team is poised to move on from Blake Bortles who they benched late in the year. Jacksonville also doesn’t have a young quarterback to develop currently on the roster.
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