Bevell bolts to Vikings

Quarterbacks coach named offensive coordinator in Minnesota

Darrell Bevell, an assistant coach with the Packers the last six seasons, was named offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings today. Bevell reunites with new head coach Brad Childress, who coached Bevell at the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1990s. Bevell spent the last three seasons in Green Bay as quarterbacks coach under Mike Sherman. He was an offensive assistant/quality control for the Packers from 2000-03.

Childress was quarterbacks coach at Northern Arizona, where Bevell spent his first two seasons. After his two-year Mormon mission, Bevell transferred to the University of Wisconsin in the spring of 1992, where Childress had become quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. While at Wisconsin, Bevell quarterbacked the Badgers to the Big Ten title and a 1994 Rose Bowl triumph. Bevell left the school as the all-time passing leader with 19 school records and a pair of Big Ten marks.

While tutoring QBs in Green Bay, Bevell worked with future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. From 2003-05, Favre led the NFL with 1,026 completions, ranked 2nd with 82 TD passes and was 4th in the league with 11,330 yards. The 2004 Packers set a team record with 4,449 net yards passing, breaking an 11-year-old mark. Green Bay ranked 4th and 3rd in the NFL in offense in 2003 and 2004 respectively. The Packers ranked 2nd in NFL history by throwing a TD pass in 41 straight games between 2002-04, trailing the league record of 49 set by the 1956-60 Baltimore Colts.

Bevell began coaching at Westmar University before moving to Iowa State and Connecticut. He started with the Packers in 2000 under Sherman working as an offensive assistant/quality control. He was promoted to offensive assistant in 2002 and then to quarterbacks coach in 2003.

The Vikings also hired Darrell Wyatt to coach wide receivers, the same position he has held since 2002 at the University of Oklahoma. Wyatt tutored Sooners all-time leading receiver Mark Clayton, a two-time All- America and a 1st-round pick in 2005 by the Baltimore Ravens. Wyatt oversaw three Sooners WRs who were first-day draft picks in 2005- Clayton, Mark Bradley (2nd round, Chicago) and Brandon Jones (3rd round, Tennessee). At Oklahoma State Wyatt worked with Rashaun Woods, a 1st-round pick by San Francisco and at Wyoming tutored All-America and Biletnikoff Award winner Marcus Harris. Wyatt played collegiately as a WR at Kansas State and also excelled on the Wildcat track and field team. He has served 4 NFL minority coaching fellowships, working with Tampa Bay in 1996, Denver in ‘97 and '98 and Philadelphia in 2005.

BEVELL'S BACKGROUND PLAYER:
1989 Northern Arizona
1992-95 Wisconsin
COACH:
1996 Westmar University
1997 Iowa State
1998-99 Connecticut
2000-05 Green Bay Packers


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