What goes into a coaching search?
When the Redskins asked for permission to interview Darrell Bevell for their head coaching vacancy, plenty of fans asked, 'Who?' Bevell is not the big-time name Washington owner Dan Snyder has targeted in past coaching searches, and has a relatively low profile for an NFL offensive coordinator.
But in three seasons with Seattle, Bevell's Seahawks offense has moved the ball well. More importantly, Bevell has done wonders with second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, a player with a similar skill set to the Redskins Robert Griffin III. A deeper looking into the offensive numbers, however, reveals a fairly average attack.
The Seahawks rank No. 17 out of 32 NFL teams for yards per game at 339. The rushing offense, which features Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, leads the way. Seattle averages almost 137 yards on the ground per game, good for No. 4 in the NFL and just one spot ahead of the Redskins.
Passing the ball is quite different. Through the air the Seahawks barely crack 200 yards per game, landing No. 26 in the NFL. At 210 yards per game passing, Wilson's name is tossed around with Matt Cassell and Chad Henne, not ideal company.
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What does it all mean? Seattle has arguably the best defense in the NFL, and the offense usually plays from strong field position. Statistically, Bevell does not jump off the page, but a strong relationship with Wilson and much credit for the third-round pick's development, has gotten Bevell noticed.
Is Bevell the right guy for the Washington job? Can he be the innovative play-caller that RG3 needs? Or should Redskins fans have reservations about Bevell? The last time the organization hired an assistant coach from Seattle, the results weren't pretty. Tell us what you think in the comments!