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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Thinking out loud on Bevell and Cardinals

By Mike Sando

The Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars might not be the only NFL teams considering Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for head coaching vacancies.

Seattle's division rivals from Arizona could also consider him, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Bevell enjoyed success with an older quarterback in Minnesota (Brett Favre) and with a young one in Seattle (Russell Wilson). The Seahawks tailored their offense to Wilson's strengths and ranked second to New England in touchdowns from Week 10 through the end of the regular season.

Losing Bevell would send Seattle into the market for a coordinator.

My NFC West orientation made me wonder whether former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt would make sense as a coordinator in Seattle should Bevell find work elsewhere.

Whisenhunt appears likely to get another head coaching chance at some point in the future, in my view. Spending a couple seasons working with someone as promising as Wilson would only seem to enhance his chances. Whisenhunt was a player with the New York Jets when Carroll was their defensive coordinator in the early 1990s.

I don't know whether either party would have interest or if the fit would be right. It was just something that came to mind.

Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable is heavily involved in the offensive planning for Seattle, particularly when it comes to the running game. Bevell is more involved in the passing game. Any replacement for Bevell would presumably carry a similar profile.

The Seahawks will want to stick with their zone blocking scheme. They will presumably be looking to build upon the success they enjoyed this season, not convert to a new playbook. That could affect the fit for candidates, particularly higher-profile ones.

Of course, Bevell remains the coordinator until further notice.

Bevell is from Arizona. His father was a longtime high school football coach there.