Earlier this Tuesday morning, NFL.com‘s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Washington Redskins have expressed interest in Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. While some sports writers in Washington believe that’s a long shot or not a good idea, it does have some merit to it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2013
Just look at what Bevell has done with the Seahawks’ offense. When Bevell took over as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2011, he transformed that offense into the finely tuned machine that we see today and has helped create the dual-threat yet pocket-passing Russell Wilson. In 2013, Seattle ranked 4th in the NFL in yards rushing per game and tied for eighth best in the NFL averaging 26.1 points per game.
The interesting thing about bringing Bevell to D.C. is that he’ll enter with a similar skill set at the skill positions. He’ll inherit Robert Griffin III, a quarterback similar to Russell Wilson, and will also get to toy around with Alfred Morris and Pierre Garçon. Bevell also comes from a team that boasts one of the NFL’s best defenses, so he has knowledge in putting together a solid defense — something the Redskins desperately need.
It’s clear that the Redskins are expected to go with an offensive-minded coach rather than a defensive-minded guy because of Robert Griffin III. Choosing a coach with experience coaching strictly quarterbacks, like Bevell, is a good idea. In the early 2000s Bevell was the quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers.
There’s no question that Griffin needs to grow as a quarterback, and Bevell is capable of helping him grow and get better. Bevell has a history of developing quarterbacks as Pete Carroll told reporters that drafting Russell Wilson back in 2011 was Bevell’s project. Prior to coming to the Seahawks, Bevell has worked with Brett Favre in Green Bay and with the Minnesota Vikings.
Dan Snyder wants to do whatever is best for Robert Griffin III. Bringing in an offensive-minded coach that also specializes in quarterbacks like Darrell Bevell is a good idea. The Redskins aren’t the only ones after him, however, as the Vikings have also requested to interview him.
It’s early on in the search process, but this is likely an indication of the type of coach the Redskins want. If the Darrell Bevell is the route they want to take, it certainly seems to be a good one for the sake of Griffin and the Redskins’ offense.