Darrell Bevell isn’t going to BYU -- or anywhere else.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday he spoke with Brigham Young athletic director Tom Holmoe within the last two days regarding Holmoe’s search for a new football coach at his university, but that the timing is wrong and that Bevell will remain Seattle’s offensive coordinator and play caller.
“I did talk to Tom Holmoe, who is an old friend of mine; we worked together with the Niners. We have talked and just to let them understand: We’ve got a long season going on. And they’ve got to do their job, get ahead and get their decisions made. So Tommy’s going to keep working at it.
“Darrell would be an awesome choice for them, but he’s not available.
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“He’s going to run with us and do what we’re doing. They’ve got recruiting and all kinds of stuff. So the timing isn’t going to fit.”
Bevell has interviewed for head-coaching jobs in recent years -- notably Washington’s NFL opening that Jay Gruden got. And last January while the Wisconsin job came open -- Bevell was a quarterback for the Badgers in 1992, ‘93 and ‘94 -- Bevell said he indeed have as a goal to become a head coach.
Doug Baldwin has been one of Bevell’s most vocal supporters in the locker room and through the media, before and after his fateful call in February’s Super Bowl to throw the ball instead of run it in from the 1-yard line in the final seconds. We all know what happened with that.
Baldwin doesn’t want to imagine the currently rampaging Seahawks offense (106 points the last three games, with Baldwin having five touchdowns in the last two weeks) without Bevell.
“Yeah, that would be ... it’d be a big hole to fill, if Darrell left,” Baldwin said before Wednesday’s indoor practice for Sunday’s game at Baltimore. “The thing about Darrell Bevell is, he knows everybody’s strengths and weaknesses in that he’s tailored the offense to accommodate those strengths and weaknesses. So whatever the perception is on the outside he has given us opportunities to be successful, whether that’s at the quarterback position, the offensive line, the receivers, the running backs. Him and Tom Cable work seamlessly together to make our offense be as efficient as it possibly can.
“If we lost him it would be a great impact.”
That’s not happening for the foreseeable future.