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Seahawks fire Darrell Bevell

The longtime offensive coordinator of the Seahawks has been fired, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The news was first reported late Tuesday night by Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree. Rapoport also added, per a source, that Seattle has fired offensive line coach Tom Cable, who came to Seattle with Bevell in 2011. The team later made the news official.

Bevell’s seven-year run was filled with positives and sprinkled with lingering negatives. A steady fixture under Carroll, Bevell helped Seattle to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. He deserves credit for helping to grow quarterback Russell Wilson and a flock of playmakers — Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson — for an offense that was at its best when Marshawn Lynch slashed his way through defenses.

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Still, the Seahawks have poured investments into their offensive line, but nothing seems to work up front. In 2017, especially, the attack was often centered around Wilson and Wilson alone. The do-everything quarterback became the lone player in NFL history this season to account for 100 percent of his team’s passing yards and at least 30 percent of his club’s rushing yards.

Bevell kept the offense moving through major personnel changes, but also fielded criticism for failing to mesh wideout Percy Harvin into the scheme, while the same could be argued for tight end Jimmy Graham — a pair of players who commanded high draft picks in headline-grabbing trades. Graham, at least, was a sensational red-zone target this past season.

This past season, Seattle ranked 15th in total offense, with quarterback Russell Wilson leading the team in passing and rushing.

Wilson led the NFL in touchdown passes with 34, but there were struggles along the offensive line to go along with an ineffective running game. Wilson has been sacked 40 or more times in each of the last five seasons.

The Seahawks, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011, had only four rushing touchdowns all season, which tied for last in the NFL.

Seattle did lead the league in rushing three seasons ago and was in the top 10 in that category frequently under Bevell.

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