Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, assistant head coach and offensive-line coach Tom Cable and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn all spent last week’s bye week of supposed down time yapping.
They were interviewing with other team's executives for many of the NFL’s open head-coaching positions.
Bevell visited last week with the Oakland Raiders, 12 months after he interviewed for the Washington head job that went to Jay Gruden. Bevell said he did not talk with Raiders owner Mark Davis. The son of the late Al Davis, who was notorious for grilling coaching candidates in interviews, Mark Davis reportedly wants to be more involved in this search than he was for his team’s last one when he felt he should have gotten to know Dennis Allen better before hiring him before he fired him early this season. Tony Sparano, who finished this past season as Oakland's interim coach, is also a candidate for the full-time job there.
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Bevell is also reported to be a prime candidate for Buffalo’s head job.
“I don’t know where it stands. I was excited for the opportunity,” Bevell said. “It’s something that’s pretty neat just to feel that respect.
“But that’s last week. Full on to Carolina and making sure to prepare myself and prepare these guys to be successful.”
Cable interviewed last week with the New York Jets for their head job. He was Oakland’s head coach from 2008-10, and many Raiders veterans still respect and like him. Some warmly greeted him on the field before the Seahawks’ exhibition game at Oakland in August.
“I have a great job and I love what I have, so whatever comes of that is just a product of that,” Cable said.
Asked if he wants to be an NFL head coach again, Cable said: “When the right situation comes my way, you bet.
“Like I said, I have a tremendous place to be at, a great group of guys to coach and great coaches to coach with. So I’m just as good as you can get.”
Here is the audio of Cable's comments on that and his offensive line, starting with Max Unger's return to center this week after missing the last six games with a high-ankle sprain and twisted knee.
This second file has Cable's comments on interviewing with the Jets:
Quinn also interviewed with the Jets last week; he was born in Morristown, New Jersey, 30 minutes west of the Jets’ home stadium in the Meadowlands. Quinn is believed to have also talked to the 49ers and the Bears about their head-coaching vacancies. He is scheduled for his weekly talk to the media following practice on Wednesday.
He remains the most likely of the three Seattle assistants to get a head job once the Seahawks’ postseason run ends. Quinn is the hottest NFL assistant following last season’s Super Bowl and his defense becoming the first since the 1969-71 Minnesota Vikings to lead the league in fewest points allowed three consecutive seasons. Seattle’s defense just became the fourth in league history – and first since the 1985-86 Chicago Bears – to lead the NFL in fewest yards allowed and fewest points allowed in consecutive regular seasons.
League rules allow clubs with head-coaching vacancies to interview candidates from playoff teams during those teams’ postseason byes, if they have one. NFL rules prohibit hiring teams from offering head-coach contracts or announcing such hires until after the hired coach’s current team completes its season.