Look for a heavy influence from the West Coast offense when new Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell makes his CenturyLink Field debut this evening, against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
Bevell, 41, is a West Coast offense believer who cut his teeth in the NFL in Green Bay under Mike Sherman – one of the many Mike Holmgren disciples who went on to become a head coach.
But what makes Bevell’s offense different is his belief in a run-first approach driven by the zone blocking scheme preferred by new offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seattle head coach Pete Carroll.
So far, the change has been a good one for Carroll.
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“Darrell is an accomplished play caller,” Carroll said. “He owns the throwing game that we’re working with, he totally understands the concepts and the principles and the calling of our run game that Tom is really the kingpin in. … He’s a young, bright coach that’s going to be a head coach someday. He’s just got his act together, and he gets it. We’re really lucky to have him.”
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated checks in with the Seahawks. Trotter has been at training camp the past few days.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles receiver Sidney Rice, saying that the franchise has never had a receiver with his unique skill set, including Hall of Famer Steve Largent.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press takes a closer look at the Minnesota trio of Rice, Bevell and Tarvaris Jackson taking on their former team.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com offers three things to watch for in today’s game against the Vikings.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times offers some celebrity look-alikes to Seahawks’ players.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seahawks’ fans will get a longer look at the team’s starters on offense tonight.
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that the Vikings did not want to pay the high price tag for the oft-injured Rice.
Tony Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes the Green Bay first round pick Derek Sherrod has played poorly in exhibition play and struggling to crack the first unit. Several draft observers criticized Seattle for selecting James Carpenter over Sherrod and Gabe Carimi in this year’s draft. Carimi reportedly has been solid for Chicago so far this season. And Carpenter has more than held his own for Seattle.