With the Vikings hiring Bill Musgrave as their offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell could land another coordinator job quickly. Bevell was reportedly offered that job with the Seattle Seahawks.
While the Vikings made news Wednesday with their own hirings to fill out their coaching staff, it looks as though there's a good chance deposed offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will land on his feet.
Both Bevell and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy were told earlier this month that they could seek out other employment opportunities. While not officially being fired, the handwriting was clearly on the wall – eventually you're both going to be replaced.
Earlier this week, Murphy got his call from the Carolina Panthers, where he joined new head coach Ron Rivera's staff. With the Vikings filling both the offensive coordinator position and special teams coordinator, Bevell isn't missing any time trying to find a new coaching gig.
Bevell interviewed with the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday. Initially brought in to interview for the quarterbacks coach position, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday that Bevell was also interviewing for the offensive coordinator position. While Carroll doesn't run a pure West Coast offense, it is believed that Bevell and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck
, who said he wants to return to Seattle next year, would be a good fit, since both cut their teeth in the West Coast system in Green Bay. Bevell also has a connection to Seattle general manager John Schneider, who was also with the Packers when Bevell was in the organization.
When the interview with Bevell was scheduled, it was for the QB coach because Seattle already had an offensive coordinator – Jeremy Bates. However, Bates was fired Tuesday based on what Carroll termed "a philosophical issue." With the new opening, timing might be everything for Bevell in his job search.
Seattle recently hired former Raiders head coach Tom Cable to coach the offensive line for the Seahawks and he will likely be given domain over the majority of the run-game planning, which would mean that Bevell would specialize more in dealing with the passing game – whether it's with Hasselbeck or a grooming a young QB for the future.
Late word Wednesday was that Bevell has emerged as a frontrunner to get the job and appears to be the preferred choice of Carroll. While the team hasn't spoken to the issue yet, Seattle reportedly has formally offered the position to Bevell.
Anyone in the coaching profession knows that it's a rough business, but Bevell is one of the true good guys out there and, even though he was a victim of the lack of Vikings success in 2010, he still has a coaching future.
The Indianapolis Star is reporting that mere hours after being fired by the Colts, Leslie Frazier offered RB coach Gene Huey the same position with the Vikings. Huey was an assistant coach for more than 300 games with the Colts and said he was surprised by his firing. He and Frazier coached together under Tony Dungy.
The Browns were hot on the trail of Bill Musgrave, but lost out to the Vikings, who made a strong pitch and landed him Wednesday.
Musgrave has quite a history from his playing days. A career backup quarterback, during his career he backed up three Hall of Fame quarterbacks – Joe Montana, Steve Young and John Elway.
Musgrave was a QB coach in Carolina in 1999 when journeyman Steve Beuerlein had a career year – throwing for 4,436 yards and 36 touchdowns. Both of those marks, as well as Beuerlein's attempts (571) and completions (343) remain Panthers franchise records. He was promoted to offensive coordinator the following year.
The last time Musgrave was an offensive coordinator in the NFL was in 2003-04 with the Jaguars. Since then, he has been a QB coach with Washington (2005) and the Falcons (2006-10).
As hard as it is to get a coaching job in the NFL, Jim Mora Jr. seems to be taking a different approach. He announced Wednesday that he has taken himself out of consideration for coordinator jobs in both Philadelphia and Denver. Reports claim that he was offered the job by both teams, but opted to stay in broadcasting for the time being. One would wonder why he would interview for the positions if he was just going to turn them down when they were offered. Perhaps he has his sights set on a head coaching or nothing.
President Obama represents the entire country, but when it comes to football, his hometown roots run deep. He said if the Bears make it to the Super Bowl he and his family will attend. A sitting president has never attended a Super Bowl. For the record, George W. Bush was at the Vikings-Saints game last year.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith met Wednesday for what was termed a discussion of the pending labor issues, but neither side went so far as to term the meeting as a negotiation.
A total of 56 underclassmen ended up declaring for April's NFL draft. That is the most ever, topping the 53 players that came out early in both 2008 and 2010.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.